The non-profit whistle blowing online portal, WikiLeaks.org, has announced a temporary closure of its services and has asked users to extend donations to help it resume work.
The homepage of the website contains information about its temporary shutdown, along with a mass appeal for public donations to save itself from complete extinction.
In a statement on the website, the organisers noted: “To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, but will be back soon”.
Urging for some hefty contributions from public, Wikileak’s organisers said that it takes money to publish hundreds of secretive documents every year.
Wikileaks, a subsidiary of non-profit outfit Sunshine Press, further suggests: “We have raised just over $130,000 for this year but cannot meaningfully continue operations until costs are covered. These amount to just under $200,000pa”.
However, the organisation has turned down any sort of corporate and government funding, as it would perceptibly pose serious threat to its integrity.
Wikileaks calls itself a not-for-profit organisation which is largely being funded by human rights advocates, technologists, investigative journalists, and general public.
It further claimed to have published more than one million documents from various unnamed sources and dissident communities across the globe about corruption in corporate and government sectors, human rights infringements, to mention a few.
Maybe Wikileaks should start putting some ads on their websites. Seriously though, times are tough and it is unlikely that public donations will be enough to save Wikileaks. The purpose of the website though is worthy enough for it to be saved.