The Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin (BTC) and Julian Assange Link, Why His Arrest is a Big Blow
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ co-founder, was yesterday arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been staying for 7 years. WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization that leaks sensitive information regarding governments, corporations, etc with dossiers originating from anonymous sources.
Assange and The U.S Government
In the course of his business, Assange
has stepped on governments and corporations toes for revealing secrets that
were meant to be forever buried.
For example, in 2010, WikiLeaks rubbed on the United States government the
wrong way when the platform published shocking truths of how the U.S was
fighting terrorism in the Middle East, specifically in Iraq. The information
leak was traced back to Chelsea Manning, who was later incarcerated for
The information included a video
showing U.S soldiers firing at unarmed individuals resulting in the death of
Since then, the U.S has labeled
WikiLeaks a criminal group and has been hunting down its leader. Assange found
himself in the United Kingdom where he was granted asylum by Ecuador. He has
been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy for 7 years now.
Bitcoin and Julian Are Brothers
While “Bitcoin” and Julian Assange may
seem like very distant cousins, they are very close “brothers”. Actually, if
Assange is jailed, the crypto community will have lost a huge supporter.
Unknown to many, Assange got involved
with cryptocurrencies long before even Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin.
In 1995, Assange got involved with Tim
May, a respected member of the Cypherpunk movement and who in 1992 released the
“Crypto Anarchist Manifesto.” His involvement with the Cypherpunk movement
brought out Assange’s bad taste for centralized authorities. A series of
comments in the movement showed that the WikiLeaks co-founder had ignited a
discussion around digital cash. It appeared as if Assange was looking for a way
to decentralized payments by hinging away from government control.
Consequently and about two decades
later, in 2012, Assange published “Cypherpunks:
Freedom and the Future of the Internet.” The book focused on ways authorities
would use the internet to patronize the population.
The relationship between Bitcoin and
Julian made the WikiLeaks co-founder say
this during an AMA session:
“Bitcoin is an extremely important innovation, but not in the way most people think. Bitcoin’s real innovation is a globally verifiable proof of publishing at a certain time… The blockchain nails down history, breaking Orwell’s dictum of ‘He who controls the present controls the past and he who controls the past controls the future.’”
Wikileaks Leads In Bitcoin Adoption
WikiLeaks took an early lead in accepting Bitcoin payments in 2010. However, at the time, this was not seen as a positive undertaking because Bitcoin was still new and WikiLeaks had its own set of controversies. On the BitcoinTalk forum, Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin got worried, commenting:
“WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is head towards us.”
On Twitter and Reddit, a campaign to
help Assange is building momentum. Although some individuals are still bitter on
how Bitcoin and Julian Assange got started, one thing stands out; Assange is a
WikiLeaks has since placed a request
for Bitcoin and Zcash donations. An analysis of the Bitcoin address provided
indicates that bitcoiners are responding. More than 40 donations out of 160
that WikiLeaks has ever received, were made after Assange was arrested on April
The interaction between Bitcoin and
Julian Assange depicts Assange as an important person for revealing the truth
in both worlds; traditional and crypto-focused financial sectors.