More Phinancial Phun at Wikileaks

Everyone’s favorite dumping ground for stuff that’s already been published at Cryptome, stuff that’s been circulating on peer-to-peer networks for weeks, ancient and esoteric Scientology ephemera, and the odd other document, most of which were already available elsewhere – that’d be Wikileaks, of course – is still in the midst of a remarkably un-transparent fund-raising drive. (“We desperately need an indeterminate and oft-changing amount of money, for unspecified reasons, to cover unspecified expenses for an indeterminate amount of time. But, don’t worry! We’re getting a whole bunch of money in September, we promise! Oh, and incidentally, if you give us money, there’s a good chance your identity will accidentally be leaked, because we’re far less technologically hip than we pretend to be, hah hah hah.”)

Evidently, though, their blatant begging for cash has faced something of a setback: right now, the site header says:

“Keep us strong and independent. Donate by bank transfer, cheque, ukash, Moneybookers or other means. Please contact the WikiLeaks Support Office. Paypal will be back soon.”

Any ideas why PayPal is unavailable? Given their usual hysteria about (perceived) oppression and censorship, I’d expect a half-dozen anti-Paypal diatribes on the site, with calls to boycott them and all that sort of stuff.

Amazing just how little transparency and accountability a website and organization that supposedly exists to, you know, provide just that actually has…

Published in: Geekiness, General | on April 15th, 2009| 1 Comment »

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  1. On 4/17/2009 at 9:04 pm wikileak Said:

    It looks as if both the PayPal donation method and the WikiLeakS.DE cover name are now back online, for now.

    Still no financial transparency though.