WikiLeaks Goes On Hiatus, Asks For Money To Resume Work

WikiLeaks has temporarily suspended operations due to a lack of funding, according to a note posted on its Web page. The site has accepted and published confidential documents since 2007, facing a number of legal challenges from organizations whose information was submitted to the site by anonymous sources.

Sunshine Press, the non-profit organization running WikiLeaks, says that its costs per year are $200,000 without labor and $600,000 if staff salaries are included. The organization says it has raised $130,000 so far for this year and can't go on until its "costs are covered."

The site says a backlog of documents is waiting to be released once normal operations have resumed:

We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release.

For more on the on the organization, there's a nice archive of stories covering WikiLeaks' ups and downs over at the Guardian.

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