In a July 20 interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke about the resurgence of the platform, and the release of new evidence proving U.S. Secret Service surveillance of the German government on an unprecedented peacetime scale.
‘Drowning in Material’
Talking about the increase in published material over the last few months, Assange stressed that the site never stopped posting documents, but that some of these (regarding Syria, for example) had not been of great interest to Western media. In addition, the conflict since 2010 with the U.S. government lead to a banking blockade that cut WikiLeaks off from more than 90% of its finances and required creative measures to overcome, including a (now successful) challenge in the courts.
Assange has long been a fervent advocate of Bitcoin, and in particular the blockchain technology on which it is founded — although WikiLeaks did not initially accept bitcoin donations, allegedly at the behest of Satoshi Nakamoto, who believed that the level of unwanted government interest such a link would generate could destroy the fledgling community in its early stages. Nakamoto wrote in 2010:
“The project needs to grow gradually so the software can be strengthened along the