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WikiLeaks sees Bitcoin donations surge in hours after Julian Assange’s arrest

Andrew Blake The Washington TimesJune 20, 2019

WikiLeaks received a surge of final support in the aftermath of the arrest Thursday of the website’s founder, Julian Assange.

Supporters sent more than 50 donations to a Bitcoin wallet used to fund WikiLeaks in the three hours following Mr. Assange’s arrest, or more than a quarter of the 176 transactions the account received since its first transaction nearly two months earlier.

WikiLeaks posted donation information on Twitter minutes after confirming that Mr. Assange, a 47-year-old Australian native, was arrested inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as a result of having his asylum withdrawn by Quito nearly seven years since seeking refuge. The U.S. Department of Justice has since unsealed an indictment charging Mr. Assange with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, and an extradition hearing has been set for May 2.

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