Since WikiLeaks began accepting Bitcoin (BTC) in 2010 it has received a total of 4,055 Bitcoins (BTC) split between two different wallets. The original wallet received 4,043 Bitcoins (BTC), and only recently a new multi-signature wallet became the official WikiLeaks donation wallet and it has already received over 12 Bitcoins (BTC).
In total the 4,055 Bitcoins (BTC) are worth over $38 million, although it is likely WikiLeaks has sold a large fraction of these Bitcoins (BTC) previously, so it is unknown how much money they ultimately obtained.
WikiLeaks was actually one of the first organizations in history to adopt Bitcoin (BTC). Satoshi Nakamoto commented in December 2010 “It would have been nice to get this attention in any other context. WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.”
Fortunately the crypto space was never prosecuted for WikiLeaks’ use of Bitcoin (BTC).
Notably, Bitcoin (BTC) donations surged after the arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in 2018. Assange had actually been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, during which time Bitcoin (BTC) would have been his best way of conducting international payments.
Although Assange will likely be extradited to the United States to face prison time, there is no doubt that Bitcoin (BTC) played a vital role in keeping WikiLeaks running despite heavy government pressure.