With donations thinning due to a credit card company boycott of his website, Julian Assange announced that WikiLeaks will be suspending all publishing in order to focus on fundraising. The whistle-blowing site's statement (via The Telegraph) reads: "In order to ensure our future survival, WikiLeaks is now forced to temporarily suspend its publishing operations and aggressively fundraise in order to fight back against this blockade and its proponents." Assange held a press conference at the Frontline Club in London to announce the news. The British newspaper also reports that WikiLeaks will be setting up a new website through which people can donate money, although no explanation was given in the article for how this will work.
The site, and its founder, have had a difficult time trying to fundraise since major credit card companies Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, PayPal and others blocked visitors from donating to the WikiLeaks organization. After the boycott, which the Associated Press reminds was enacted after WikiLeaks circulated 250,000 diplomatic cables last year, Julian Assange had various methods of raising cash, including selling knick-knacks on eBay and auctioning off tickets to have lunch with him. All of his forays aren't as lucrative as being able to accept PayPal donations, however, which appears to be the reason for his latest P.R. push.
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