Daniel Ellsberg, a co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, speaking to reporters about the case against Bradley Manning on December 22, 2011, at Fort Meade, Md. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Increased government scrutiny and criticism from lawmakers prompted several companies, including MasterCard, Visa and PayPal, to stop processing donations to the non-profit organization. WikiLeaks eventually suspended publication due to the “bank blockade.”
On Sunday, a group of journalists and press freedom activists launched the Freedom of the Press Foundation as a way to crowd-source funding for WikiLeaks and independent journalistic organizations that expose government corruption and advocate for transparency.
“Since WikiLeaks became a front-page news story, secrecy has gotten worse in…
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