17. September 2011
The renowned website WikiLeaks, which exposes the documents of the governments’ websites, and several financial companies from anonymous news sources, has been facing shortage of funds as PayPal stop funding it since 2010. To get rid of the problem, the founder of the website, Julian Assange, announced that it begun an online auction on eBay, on September 16.
WikiLeaks has put up 10 pieces of memorabilia linked with its founder and the disclosure secrets of leaked American diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. Among these 10 items, an ‘Exclusive’ portrait of Assange accompanying a text- “Julian A, Ellingham Hall, 10 July 2011” was set at a starting price of $947. He signed the photograph at his 40th birthday.
The items also include a package of coffee from Assange’s time in a London jail, a ‘CableGate computer’ used ‘to prepare the cables for media partners and releases’, a gourmet meal prepared by Sarah Saunders, a chef and a friend of Mr. Assange’s, and a diplomatic cable from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the United Nations, signed and fingerprinted by Mr. Assange, according to the New York Times. The minimum starting price is $315 for the coffee package and the highest starting price is $500000 for the computer.
In press release WikiLeaks admin wrote, “The blockade against WikiLeaks violates individuals’ freedom of conscience and consumer’s rights to exercise their choice of which organization to support with their own money. Crucially, this unprecedented mixing of politics and finance also threatens the future existence of all non-profit organizations. All now risk having their financial lifelines arbitrarily pulled as a result of their commitment to exposing corruption, environmental degradation or war crimes.”
Mr. Assange had to pass his days in the Ellingham Hall estate in eastern England because of his fight extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual misconduct with two women there. But, he denied all the charges. A London court deferred the hearing in July and has not given any decision yet on whether to extradite him.