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."
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.
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
sites, and even the leak of the website's own donor e-mail
quote: ...that donations from governments and cooperation are not excepted.