Bitcoin donations are pouring in for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested April 11 in London pursuant to an extradition agreement with the United States.
Donations started to spike after the official Wikileaks account posted a tweet yesterday, soliciting contributions to Assange’s legal defense fund. That tweet has since been deleted.
In the past 24 hours, the Wikileaks bitcoin wallet address has logged 314 transactions. Contributions now top 6.7 BTC, or roughly $34,000.
Objectively, that’s not a huge amount of money, but other contributions are being made via fiat currency.
Wikileaks’ bitcoin balance ballooned after Julian Assange’s controversial arrest. | Source: Blockchain.com
Perhaps not surprisingly, the anti-government Assange is a longtime bitcoin fan.
In 2017, Assange tweeted that “bitcoin is the real Occupy Wall Street,” referencing the progressive anti-consumerist movement that launched in 2011.