Julian Assange thanks the US government for which Wikileaks had to invest in bitcoin
Julian Assange, the founder of the non-profit organization Wikileaks, thanked on Twitter the US government and personally Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman, who forced Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, AmEx, Moneybookers and other companies to open an illegal economic blockade against the service in 2010. He notes that the financial embargo forced Wikileaks to invest in bitcoin. The return on this investment was over 50.000%.
Major payment structures, including Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union, refused to serve Wikileaks after the service published data in 2010 regarding US activity in Iraq and Afghanistan in November of that year. As a result, Wikileaks was forced to start working with bitcoin in the early stages of cryptocurrency development, which, however, was not welcomed by everyone..
While a message appeared on the bitcointalk.org forum: “… keep going! Let’s support Wikileaks in its endeavors to use bitcoin “, – the creator of bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto himself asked the service not to use bitcoin. “No, don’t continue. The project should grow gradually. This will allow the software to become more reliable over time. I am asking Wikileaks not to try to use Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a small beta community in its early stages of development. You will collect some small change, but it will put pressure on the project, which will destroy it at this stage, ”Nakamoto wrote in his penultimate public message. As a result, Wikileaks did not accept Bitcoin donations until June 2011..
By August 2012, Wikileaks had received over 1,100 bitcoin donations from its supporters, which at that time was more than $ 32,000 in dollar terms. By November 2016, more than 4,000 bitcoins have been transferred to the organization’s public address.