AssangeDAO raises $38 million in donations to help free WikiLeaks founder

A Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) created to support the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from prison has raised 12,569 ETH, or approximately $38.8 million at current prices.

Assange is currently fighting extradition to the United States following a court ruling in December that overturned a British court ruling banning extradition. He is currently locked up in a London prison where he has been since 2019.

Donations started arriving on February 4 according to juice box, the crowdfunding platform hosting the campaign. Funding accelerated over the weekend, doubling in the past 24 hours to the current level.

According to AssangeDAO’s Twitter feed, this is now the largest JuiceBox Ethereum raise in history, surpassing that of ConstitutionDAO which raised funds in November to purchase an original copy of the United States Constitution.

The comparison was made in terms of ETH, which was priced much higher in November. At the time, the dollar value collected by ConstitutionDAO was approximately $49 million.

AssangeDAO is described as a “collective of cypherpunks” aiming to raise ETH in exchange for JUSTICE governance tokens. These will be used to bid on an NFT collection called “Censored” by digital artist Pak in collaboration with Julian Assange.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Assange’s defense fund for “legal fees and awareness campaign for Julian’s extradition case”.

The genesis of AssangeDAO began in a Telegram group in mid-December, the day the US government won its appeal of a UK court ruling barring Assange’s extradition. The official website states “If extradited to the United States, Assange faces 175 years in prison for publishing truthful information.”

The concept was inspired by the FreeRossDAO which raised $12 million to free Ross Ulbricht, founder of dark web marketplace Silk Road.

Related: Top secret collaboration between Julian Assange and Pak NFT leaked from wiki

Julian Assange is being held in Belmarsh prison in London where he has been for 3 years. He had previously spent almost seven years locked up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, protected by asylum status.

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