Wikileaks to put publishing on pause

The Wikileaks whistle-blowing website announced today that it is temporarily suspending the publication of new documents because a financial blockade has cut off a vast amount of money that would otherwise be donated to them.

The site's founder, Julian Assange, is currently under house arrest in England, where he is awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited to Sweden for questioning on suspicion of rape and sexual molestation, allegations he denies.

A video on the website explains that US$ 15 million worth of donations, or 95 percent of the site's revenue, have been withheld due to a financial blockade imposed by Visa, Mastercard and other institutions after the site started releasing secret US diplomatic cables.

The video also estimates that Assange's lengthy house arrest has cost the site US$ 500,000, and that fighting legal cases in five countries has also cost the site an additional US$ 1 million.