The decentralized nature of Bitcoin makes it independent of conventional banking and payment systems. The very reason led to WikiLeaks adopt cryptocurrency payments as the main donation option on its website. The whistleblower site created by Julian Assange has the habit of constantly finding itself in the bad books of the governments, which in turn has impacted its access to banking services.
A few years ago, PayPal and Valitor — a credit card payment service provider briefly stopped offering their services and also froze the platform’s accounts on one occasion. Since 15 June 2011, WikiLeaks has been accepting donations in Bitcoin along with other payment options linked to partner non-profits. Yesterday, WikiLeaks’ Bitcoin wallet account surpassed a milestone by successfully collecting 4000 bitcoins which is roughly around $2.9 million.
The WikiLeaks donation wallet address shows a total of 25480 transactions, averaging at around $114 per transaction. Apart from Bitcoin, WikiLeaks also accepts donations through credit cards, PayPal, Litecoin, Google Checkout, Cheques and Bank transfer. All donations received by WikiLeaks is being used to fund the technical infrastructure required to keep