For an organization with its technical capabilities, you’d think WikiLeaks would have no trouble maintaining payment channels for contributors to use, notwithstanding the boycotts from PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, etc. But, after I awoke today thinking it’s time to make a donation to WikiLeaks, I found opportunities only with difficulty. Ideally, one could make a tax-deductible contribution to a charitable wing of WikiLeaks by a simple charge-account charge or bank transfer at an easy-to-find website. No such luck.
The web is full of hand-wringing over the conspiracy to dry up WikiLeaks’ sources of funds, but nearly devoid of creative work to defeat and circumvent that conspiracy. Puzzling.
Reporters Sans Frontières hosts a WikiLeaks mirror and of course solicits contributions for its own work, but the only way to contribute to it on the web is with PayPal, one of the conspirators against WikiLeaks. What’s wrong with that picture? I didn’t use that method, because years ago PayPal permanently banned payments from my Visa account. It’s an honor to be joined by WikiLeaks as a PayBal bannee.
WikiLeaks’ own website offers only cumbersome methods for donations, especially from the USA.
I finally found a qualifiedly easy (though not purportedly tax-deductible) donation method: XIPWIRE. Press accounts seem persuasive that this is a legitimate service that really sends money where you want it to go and, for now, doesn’t charge anything. So I used it today to make a contribution to WikiLeaks.
It’s still possible, then, to donate to WikiLeaks, but doing so takes some work.