Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

WikiLeaks sells memorabilia to fund running costs and legal fees

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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