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WikiLeaks sells memorabilia to fund running costs and legal fees

BY GUY ADAMS

Published 19/09/2011

Roll up, roll up! The great WikiLeaks memorabilia auction has just begun. The laptop computer on which 'Cablegate' was compiled is on offer for £6,000, while some signed versions of those famous diplomatic cables can be yours for just £2,100.

With normal sources of revenue stifled by a financial services embargo - and running costs and legal fees mounting - the website's proprietors are doing what comes naturally to cash-strapped citizens of the internet era: selling a selection of prized second-hand possessions on eBay.

The first of four fundraising auctions was announced at the weekend, featuring 10 intriguing lots ranging from a print of the directive in which Hillary Clinton asked US officials to spy on the UN, to a signed photograph of Mr Assange, the WikiLeaks founder.

"In this framed unique photo, Julian Assange leans against a column at the front of Ellingham Hall where he has spent almost 300 days under house arrest," reads the accompanying blurb.

Mr Assange is currently staying at the 650-acre Ellingham Hall estate, in Norfolk, while he fights extradition to Sweden. He denies charges of sexual misconduct with two women in Stockholm.

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