Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has temporarily shut its operations due to financial problems, laying the blame squarely on global banking giants.
A statement posted on its website yesterday said it has been forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst “we secure our economic survival”.
“For almost a year we have been fighting an unlawful financial blockade. We cannot allow giant US finance companies to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket. Our battles are costly. We need your support to fight back. Please donate now.”
WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, said campaigns mounted by Visa, Mastercard, Pay Pal, Western Union and Bank of America were hampering its publishing operations, which have enraged governments and embarrassed US diplomats.
Assange said operations are now running only a 5% lifeline with 95% of its funds being “choked by big banks”.