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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has been arrested by UK police, with the official WikiLeaks shop accepting Dash after an outpouring of demand by supporters.
We now accept Dash on the shop through coinpayments
– WikiLeaks Shop (@WikiLeaksShop) April 12, 2019
After living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for over half-decade, Julian Assange, the founder of government transparency platform WikiLeaks, was arrested by UK police this week after Ecuador Assange will likely face extradition to the US for publishing classified leaked documents which have been problematic for the US government.
Following the incidents, some members of the Dash Community came together with express support for Assange, including expressing wishes to donate to his legal defense and purchase supporter merchandise. In response, the WikiLeaks shop said that they now accept Dash payments for merchandise. Dash for donations.
How cryptocurrency enabled WikiLeaks to survive
My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin – with> 50000% return. pic.twitter.com/9i8D69yxLC
– Defend Assange Campaign (@DefendAssange) October 14, 2017
Decentralized digital currency and WikiLeaks have had a long joint history. Due to the controversial nature of their work, WikiLeaks has experienced multiple issues with various payment processes. The established organization to turn to decentralized cryptocurrency, which cannot be easily stopped or censored. As a result, WikiLeaks has gotten much more funding than it would have done to the astronomical rise of cryptocurrency valuations over the past decade.
Even when using cryptocurrency, however, WikiLeaks has experienced issues with payment processors. Based on famously blocked the WikiLast year's end of sales without notice, suspending all support for payment processing, which resulted in public condemnation from the organization. Since then they have switched processors to CoinPayments, which supports a wide variety of cryptocurrencies with minimal restriction or required information.
The role of cryptocurrency in maintaining independent media
Decentralized payments and independent media have been published in recent months. Emmy Award-winning independent journalist Ben Swann, host of the most popular and sometimes controversial news segment Reality Check, famously went offline for a year two to network pressures Since then, decentralized funding for content creators such as BitBacker have risen to prominence.