WikiLeaks turns to eBay in funding push

Times are, apparently, hard for Assange and his colleagues at WikiLeaks. With donations drying up and companies still blockading credit card payments, the infamous organisation is turning to a tried-and-tested method of fundraising: tat market eBay.

Don't panic, however: they're not auctioning off DVDs filled with unredacted US intelligence cables, or DVDs of Apache gunship missions in Afghanistan with 'bonus interactive features,' although we'd dare say the idea has occurred to at least one member of the team. No, WikiLeaks has a much better idea: memorabilia for the true Assange-fanatic.

While there's nothing quite so crass as the did-he-or-didn't-he used condom to be seen, the group is listing such delights as a packet of prison-issue coffee smuggled out of Wandsworth Prison by Assange himself on the 17th of December, one of two computers used to prepare the 'Cablegate' releases - with "full historical data," whatever that means - an 'exclusive' signed photo of Assange himself, and a framed copy of the cable describing Hillary Clinton's spying orders against the United Nations.

In amongst the WikiLeaks-related tat, there's also a few surprise entries: invitation-only tickets to Vivienne Westwood's Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show, to be held in Paris later this month; a signed poster from John Pilger; and a meal cooked at your home by celebrity chef Sarah Saunders, who acted as surety for Assange's bail. Starting prices for all items, WikiLeaks officials claim, are representative of pre-auction bids which were rejected at Assange's 40th birthday bash on the 10th of July this year.

Prices are variable: most items are listed as auctions, with a few buy-it-nows showing an impressively high asking price: the Vivienne Westwood tickets, for example, will set you back £8,000, while a speaking engagement by Marina Nemat is listed at an eye-watering £3,000.

All the items can be found on the official WikiLeaks eBay page.