The WikiLeaks’ team preparing to defend the U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden has started a defense fund which will now be accepting Bitcoin in donations. The fund, launched recently by WikiLeaks to collect money for the legal protection of Edward Snowden has so far collected nearly ten thousand dollars and expecting even bigger contribution once Bitcoin donations flow in.
A pioneer fund raising scheme, the Journalistic Source Protection Defence Fund, will work for Edward Snowden and pay for the expenses for legal battle. The organization has started with Snowden; however, it has also announced that it will nominate sources it wishes to direct legal and campaign aide to depending upon circumstances and requirements.
To administer the fund, the organization has hired Derek Rothera & Company Charted Accountants. A release from the organization claims that the fund, governed by the laws of the United Kingdom, will also be audited. About the use of the collected money, the body indicates that it can only be spent on the legal defence campaign of the nominated journalistic sources.
The organization also revealed that there are several terms and conditions that have been put forth by the organization which can be obtained contacting Rothera & Co. Bradley Manning, another whistleblower has already been punished for his activities by the US court; fearing the worst punishment from the U.S. government, WikiLeaks is trying to collect money to fund legal battle.
Snowden who is currently hiding in Russia may even be surrendered to the U.S. as the latter is putting a lot of pressure on the former. If any such thing happens, Snowden will be incarcerated for decades in jail in the United States. The newly formed organization understands that the legal battle for Snowden will be long drawn and expensive and for that invites funding from people.
Now, that it will accept donations in Bitcoin, the body admits that support will increase from all those who are for justice. Apart from Bitcoin, it also accepts payments via credit cards or PayPal. The body expects that people world over will donate to help it defend Snowden who exposed the extent to which the world is being mass surveilled by the United States government.
Till now, more than 165 contributors have donated for the fund. A large number of supporters have welcomed the decision that the Journalistic Source Protection Defence Fund will be accepting payments in Bitcoin.
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