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Is this the end of Wikileaks?

WikileaksSince December 24th 2009, Wikileaks, a website that allows the publishing of anonymous user uploads, has ceased all operations, with the exception of allowing users to upload contents on the website. The reason given for this is the lack of fund amassed from the past year. According to a statement on Wikileak’s homepage, “we have raised just over $130,000 for this year but can not meaningfully continue operations until costs are covered. These amount to just under $200,000 PA. If staff are paid, our yearly budget is $600,000.”

Wikileaks is thus asking for donations from visitors and users for it to be able to break even and continue operating.

The website which has contents that generally take the form of leaks of sensitive governmental, corporate, organizational, or religious documents, has promised the release of important documents once it has gathered enough fund to resume operation.

No date has yet been given as to when Wikileaks will resume operation but it seems that funds are not flowing that much. It has also had issues with its Paypal donation account several times which have now been solved.

Since its beginning in late 2006, Wikileaks has given rise to much a buzz around itself, featuring on many newspapers and inspiring much political reforms. Though the website has been much criticised, it remains an important asset on the web, one that could deserve being saved.

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