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Wikileaks notes a surge in bitcoin donations following Julian Assange arrest

April 12, 2019, 2:16PM EDT

Wikileaks has noted a sudden increase of donations following the arrest of Julian Assange, the Next Web writes. Assange has been charged with "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion," according to the E.S. Department of Justice.

On Thursday, Ecuador withdrew Assange’s political asylum and British police arrested him at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he'd been living since 2012. After the arrest, Wikileaks tweeted a link to its donation page.

URGENT: Julian Assange has been arrested by UK police.

DONATE:https://t.co/vvbZBOgCwL

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019

However, although the number of transactions spiked, the total amount of donated tokens is still small—approximately $15,000 worth of bitcoin. Forty out of 161 donations on Wikileaks' bitcoin address arrived after the detainment.

There is no data available on donations made in fiat.