(Also: It may hold its breath until it turns blue and passes out. And then you'll be sorry.)
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A statement on the WikiLeaks home page now reads:
We are forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst we secure our economic survival. For almost a year we have been fighting an unlawful financial blockade. We cannot allow giant US finance companies to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket. Our battles are costly. We need your support to fight back. Please donate now.
It then provides a page full of alternative ways to pitch in, including the quaint notion of mailing them a check.
As some commenters around the Web have asked, if WikiLeaks is so pro-information-freedom and anti-evil-corporation, why was it relying on these evil U.S. finance companies in the first place? Or maybe this is just a case of "nobody's paid attention to us for at least a month, and we had to do something."
WikiLeaks does not appear to lack for well-heeled benefactors. At the moment, Julian Assange is being held under house arrest at a journalist friend's tony estate north of London, pending charges for alleged sexual misconduct in Switzerland. The U.K.'s Telegraph has a video of the "harsh" conditions under which Assange must live. These consist primarily of having to wear a tracking band on his ankle, sign in every day at the local police constabulary, and work inside a very nice house that tragically suffers from a "slow Internet connection."
"It's not somewhere Julian would choose to work, that's for sure," his host Vaughn Smith intones in a plummy Oxbridge accent. "I know that if Julian had other options, like a proper office environment where he could be efficient, of course he'd choose it. But he doesn't have those options."