New York: Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has begun an auction on eBay to raise money, selling memorabilia tied to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, the New York Times reported Saturday. WikiLeaks group auctioned 10 pieces of memorabilia and services, including a portrait of Assange set at more than $900, a package of coffee from Assange's time spent in a London jail, and a computer on which the WikiLeaks team prepared publication of the secret documents, the paper said.
The auction even offers a meal prepared by a chef and a friend of Assange's and a diplomatic cable from the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the UN, signed and fingerprinted by Assange. Starting price for the lots range from a minimum of $315 for the coffee package to over $500,000 for the computer. In late 2010, WikiLeaks provoked US rage by releasing confidential diplomatic documents.
The auction is the latest effort to raise revenue for WikiLeaks group, which has lost many of its fund-raising sources after the sex scandal involving Assange. The Wikileaks editor-in-chief is wanted by the Swedish authorities for sexual offences alleged by Swedish radical feminist Anna Ardin and friend.