Julian Assange Gets More Than $30,000 Worth in Bitcoin Donations

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Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:49
Alex Dovbnya
Julian Assange, a long-time Bitcoin proponent, enjoys great support from the cryptocurrency community
Julian Assange Gets More Than $30,000 Worth in Bitcoin Donations
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Julian Assange, whose controversial arrest on Apr. 11 sent shockwaves around the globe, has netted more than $30,000 worth in Bitcoin donations. The WikiLeaks founder is currently facing extradition to the US that would result in him getting a life sentence.

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Crypto donations keep pouring in

The first batch of donations (2.61 BTC) was received shortly after the arrest of the prominent whistleblower, but the campaign keeps growing in proportion. At the time of writing this article, the wallet address has 6.20 BTC ($31,473) with 267 transactions.

Apart from Bitcoin, WikiLeaks also accepts contributions from their proponents in Zcash (ZEC), the so-called ‘privacy coin’ that makes it impossible to track transactions. As of late, they also accept Dash (DASH) though CoinPayments.  

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Bitcoin as the embodiment of free speech

 WikiLeaks, the controversial news organization that publishes private, secret, and classified materials from anonymous sources, has been accepting cryptocurrency donations for quite a while. By 2017, they managed to accumulate more than $22 mln worth of BTC because of amazing returns. Back then, Assange publicly thanked the US government for cutting him from funding given that this decision prompted them to embrace the most profitable cryptocurrency of all times.

As reported earlier by U.Today, British far-right activist Tommy Robinson also got a sizeable amount of BTC after his imprisonment that was seen as a direct threat to free speech.  

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.