Funding Woes Down Wikileaks

Wikileaks.org, the site that has sent shivers to the spine of anyone who has something to hide has closed temporarily, we hope.

The Web site was forced to suspend its regular operations due to budget problems. The people behind the site that has exposed anomalies involving government officials and big businesses said they would focus on raising funds for the moment. A message on the site reads: “To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, but will be back soon.”

When salaries for its staff are included, the site needs at least $ 600,000 every year. However, as of its latest count, Wikileaks has only been able to raise $ 130,000, still short of the $ 200,000 required to keep the site up.

Wikileaks, which was founded by human rights campaigners from Australia, has received several awards from international organizations for its work on exposing illicit activities of government officials and multinational companies.