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Wikileaks Case: Crypto is Free until it Becomes a Part of the System?

WikiLeaks publically stands for free speech and opposes governmental control and supervision in any form, and this has resulted in bans, restrictions, political and financial pressure. On April 21, WikiLeaks Shop, the merchandise branch of the international organization WikiLeaks, reported on its Twitter that it had lost access to its Coinbase account with vague formulations about prohibited use and violation of terms and conditions..

While some people find WikiLeaks’ vision and mission controversial, to say nothing of the materials published on the web-site, most of them are outraged by the governmental emphasized that it is “legally obligated to implement regulatory compliance mechanisms” under the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, with which the exchange is registered. But Twitter users call it a political move, and link the Coinbase decision to the lawsuit against WikiLeaks initiated by Democratic National Committee for its alleged involvement in a Trump-Russia conspiracy and a role it played in Clinton’s failed presidency campaign, wonder that the official WikiLeaks Twitter, with about 5.6 million of followers, furiously reacted to the news and has called for a “global blockade” of the exchange next week and accused Coinbase of “responding to a concealed influence.”.

No financial harm done Now, after the Coinbase move, the site has lost access to one of the services enabling WikiLeaks to collect crypto payments and convert them into fiat money. WikiLeaks, an international non-profit organisation notoriously famous for revealing and publishing secret and censored data, news leaks and information from anonymous sources, was founded by Julian Assange in 2006, and has always been dependent on donations to keep the site afloat..

In 2011, it started accepting contributions in cryptocurrencies, and WikiLeaks Shop was created as an online marketplace where people could finance Wiki by purchasing various branded stuff such as t-shirts, phone cases, coffee mugs and posters, and paying for them with cryptocurrencies. Fortunately for Wikileaks, it still will be able to accept cryptocurrency, but not through Coinbase’s system..

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