Wikileaks, a site that encourages whistleblowers and leakers, has run out of money and may close. “To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, but will be back soon,” the site says. Wired has the background here.
“We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release. You can change that and by doing so, change the world. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1000, a million.
“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.”
The site enables users to upload leaked material and have it published anonymously. It has broken some big stories, including one about an alleged Kroll report on Kenya. One can argue that simply uncritically posting leaked documents can be irresponsible, but in my experience the site’s owners were reasonable people to deal with, and maintained controls on what would and wouldn’t be published. And their mission seemed to me interesting and useful. It has said that its “primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations.”
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