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WikiLeaks, the Whistleblower website, is short $470K of its $600K annual running costs

WikiLeaks, the award winning website that enables anonymous publishing of uncensored material, is on a temporary shutdown due to financial troubles. The website, which is non-profit and runs solely off of donations, requires $600K to run annually, but has only raised $130K this year. The website states that funding comes primarily from "human rights campaigners, investigative journalists, technologists and the general public," and that donations from governments and corporations are not accepted.

Paul Lashmar, an Investigative Journalist who is admittedly “startled” by WikiLeaks ability to publish such material, gives his two cents on the issue of Funding:

"[Web] users aren't interested in how the people behind sites make their money. "The problem for the self-funding model is that sites like WikiLeaks will not find it easy to attract funding through advertising. At some point people who care about free speech will realize that free speech has to be funded, otherwise it's not free."

Lashmar makes a good point regarding the price of freedom of speech. For WikiLeaks, the cost of running the website, even without paying its staff amounts to $200K annually, and to make matters worse, each published story brings with it the risk of a lawsuit.

Julian Petley, chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, speaking with BBC News, praises the website explaining that “WikiLeaks has established a good name for itself and broken some good stories." These stories include the hacked e-mails of Sarah Palin, the U.S's plans to kill nonprofit torrent sites, and even the leak of the website's own donor e-mail addresses.



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Where the money comes from
By Fracture on 2/1/2010 2:36:49 PM , Rating: 3
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...that donations from governments and cooperation are not excepted.

Is that from governments and corporations are not accepted or excepted?

Also, Wikileaks has had its problems concerning funding before:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-02/01/jou...
Paypal has twice now frozen the assets of Wikileaks, and continues to hamper its operation, adding to the funding issue.




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