The WikiLeaks Bitcoin donation wallet received bitcoin donations from multiple people worth $280,000 even as a London court has denied Julian Assange’s extradition to the US-based on health concerns. WikiLeaks has a history of attracting bitcoin donations, with Assange’s plight resonating with early adopters who share similar political views. Tweeting on Dec. 4, crypto transaction tracker Whale Alert revealed that the WikiLeaks wallet received inflows of about 8.48 BTC worth about $281,000 at the current market price.
U.K. Court denies extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S.
A British judge ruled Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States on espionage charges because he is a suicide risk, in a move that touches on media freedoms and the international reach of the U.S. justice system. The controversial legal saga has lasted for almost a decade, full of controversies that pitted Washington against rights campaigners who said the U.S. government tried to redefine what journalists can publish. However, the U.S. prosecutors said they would appeal the ruling. Assange was indicted in 2019 by the Department of Justice on 18 counts, alleging 17 forms of espionage.
🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 A donation of 8.48 BTC (281,195 USD) was made to WikiLeaks Donation Wallet!
— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) January 4, 2021
Wikileaks Bitcoin Donation Wallet Holds over $600,000 worth BTC.
Wikileaks’ bitcoin wallet now holds close to 20 bitcoin in its current balance (~$615,000). The donations are coming on a day when Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has been denied extradition to the U.S. Delivering the judgment, the London court declared that it would be oppressive to extradite Assange to the U.S. where he stands accused of multiple espionage charges, facing up to 175 years in prison for his alleged crimes. Assange was among the names in the clamor among crypto stakeholders for a presidential pardon by outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump.