Wikileaks adds Litecoin payment option to shop
Julian Assange’s infamous whistleblowing outlet, Wikileaks, has confirmed the addition of Litecoin payments to its online store.
Alongside the current lineup of cryptocurrency options such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero, customers can now pay with LTC.
Wikileaks has been a supporter of cryptocurrency since the very beginning.
In fact, Assange is often referenced as one of the “cypherpunks” that started the original wave of encrypted data that eventually paved the way for Bitcoin’s creation.
In 2010, PayPal froze donations made to Wikileaks via their platform, forcing the organization to look for alternative avenues for handling funds.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that the group is at the forefront of digital currency adoption.
— WikiLeaks Shop (@WikiLeaksShop) April 25, 2018
Litecoin’s founder, Charlie Lee, has recently been on a recruitment drive for his crypto’s foundation.
He’s been publically calling on companies and merchants to include LTC as a payment option of late.
Wikileaks appears to have risen to the occasion, after having previously accepted Litecoin donations for some time.
Customers of the group’s merchandise store now have the option to pay for items using six cryptocurrencies:
Recently, leading US-based cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, caused outrage by blocking Wikileaks from their platform.
The whistleblowers are accusing the exchange of suspending their account without reason or warning.
The international whistleblowing group gave speculation that the restriction was in response to recent financial regulations by the US government.
Coinbase, however, refused to comment on the situation, citing privacy concerns over the mater.
In response, Assange et al. are publically calling for a sweeping boycott of the digital assets brokerage.
Due to the dispute, Wikileaks is alleging that the exchange is “an unfit member of the crypto community,” saying:
“WikiLeaks will call for a global blockade of Coinbase next week as an unfit member of the crypto community.
“Coinbase, a large Californian Bitcoin processor, responding to a concealed influence, has blocked the entirely harmless @WikiLeaksShop in a decision approved by management.”