WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Says He Made 50,000% Return On Bitcoin Thanks To U.S. Government
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took to Twitter to thank the U.S. government for helping his organization make a massive return on Bitcoin. Assange claims that WikiLeaks has made a 50,000% return on Bitcoin after investing in the cryptocurrency in 2010. Assange said the organization was forced to invest in the cryptocurrency because the U.S. government, as well as others, pushed WikiLeaks into Bitcoin.
On Saturday, Assange posted a screenshot of Bitcoin prices from July 18, 2010, to October 14, 2017, that showed the unbelievable value increase in the cryptocurrency. Assange’s tweet is captioned: “My deepest thanks to the U.S. government, Senator McCain, and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCad, Paypal, AmEx, Moneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin—with > 50,000% returns.”
The reason WikiLeaks was forced to used cryptocurrencies was because companies such as MasterCard, Bank of America and Paypal refused to process transactions and restricted the organization because they said Assange’s organization violated policies. After WikiLeaks was blocked from utilizing traditional banking institutions, they turned to cryptocurrency. For WikiLeaks, digital money makes a lot of sense since they can make anonymous payments to leakers who are providing highly sensitive information that could get them arrested.