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Wikileaks Opens Official Online Store

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the leaking-all-the-way-to-the-bank dept.

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siliconbits writes "You can now buy officially branded Julian Assange T-Shirts, cups, netbook sleeves or bags and contribute financially to the Wikileaks fight. From the article: 'Wikileaks is looking to generate more revenue by launching an online shop that is run by Spreadshirt AG. Supporters of Julian Assange and the Wikileaks cause will be able to buy a variety of products like shirts, messenger bags, hats, buttons, scarves etc.'"

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Obligatory (5, Funny)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35293916)

But where are the Julian Assange contraceptives? ;)

Re:Obligatory (5, Funny)

MikeDirnt69 (1105185) | more than 3 years ago | (#35293946)

If you buy a shirt with his face on it, you won't need any.

Re:Obligatory (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294054)

We call those BCTs.

Re:Obligatory (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294568)

I wouldn't buy that shirt anyways. You're getting raped at that price!

Re:Obligatory (4, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35293964)

They were removed from the online store because they were found to be wiki-leaky.

Re:Obligatory (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294028)

Re:Obligatory (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294052)

But where are the Julian Assange contraceptives? ;)

Julian Assange IS a contraceptive ;-)

Re:Obligatory (0)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294124)

If you visited the store, you should know already you have absolutely no need for contraceptives anyway, they don't really do anything but maybe allow for easy cleanup when all you do is jerk off. Whats next, you'll wonder why live action Lord of the Rings players don't carry condoms? Its kind of self explanatory.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294372)

I wonder why right wingers and libertarians don't carry condoms.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294444)

Because they believe there are enough poor people to help support their own large families? :D

Re:Obligatory (4, Funny)

TheDawgLives (546565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294282)

I want the T-shirt that says "No means GO!"

Re:Obligatory (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294450)

Ok, Seriously, I am at work and chuckled in my cube. Unfortunately, I ran out of mod points, but that is awesome

Re:Obligatory (2, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294424)

I want the Wikileaks branded douche bag.

Re:Obligatory (4, Funny)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294462)

Oh sorry, wrong store. Those are sold in the FaceBook online store

Re:Obligatory (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294582)

Still held up in the UK, but we're extraditing.

Re:Obligatory (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294704)

I want the Wikileaks branded douche bag.

You'll find him in your local bar, hitting on women one after the other.

Sad thing is, it'll eventually work...

Re:Obligatory (1)

SpeedStreet (924467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294482)

Apparently that question is so important he's become an international criminal because of it.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35295794)

But where are the Julian Assange contraceptives? ;)

That's what she said.

Their absence makes it funny ... ;-)

Shirt Spam? (3, Informative)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#35293918)

We already posted this last week [slashdot.org]

Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (4, Insightful)

halivar (535827) | more than 3 years ago | (#35293930)

Whether you liked it before, or hated it, it's now an Assange fan club, of no real importance or effectiveness. Beware the cult of personality, even those would ostensibly believe in similar causes to you.

T-Shirt's with his picture? Seriously?

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0, Troll)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294020)

Is there a store for people who support(ed) wikileaks but not Mr. "Killing people is fun." Assange?

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (-1, Flamebait)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294086)

Is there a store for people who support(ed) wikileaks but not Mr. "Killing people is fun." Assange?

Gee, you just love spreading that lie, don't you? Maybe the corporate masters whose dicks you suck will give you a lollipop for your efforts. When Assange said "Killing people is fun" he very obviously meant that the American soldiers massacring civilians found the killing to be fun. But hey, keep spreading your bullshit in the hope that these sociopaths you worship will one day give you a piece of the action.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (-1, Troll)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294136)

Right, what he said was a lie, but the collateral murder video was all truthful and not misrepresentative at all ...

fucking idiot.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294184)

You know, BitZtream, Slashdot is a huge place, and it's kind of sad that I recognize your name from previous stupid posts like the one above.

The collateral murder video was slanted, but it's not like they used heavy clever editing or anything.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294960)

No, they just cut out the parts that didn't fit their predetermined narrative. No need to get creative, the "war is like, always evil 'n stuff" crowd already *knew* they were going to see a "war crime" by the time they'd read the first 6 words of the description: "Video footage from the US Army..."

Why report, when you can manipulate? Works for the Government, works for Wikileaks!

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (4, Insightful)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294200)

When Assange said "Killing people is fun" he very obviously meant that the American soldiers massacring civilians found the killing to be fun.

And what you don't seem to understand is that people understand this and find it to reflect Assange's level of ignorance. But don't let that get in the way of your asserting yourself as so far above all the sheep.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (2)

RLabs (1901894) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294066)

I was into Wikileaks while it was still indie.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294134)

Sorry dude, accidental use of mod point.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (2)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294072)

I think what the guys over at "Openleaks" thought is true, and that is the fact Assange has taken so much of the limelight, that many people confuse Assange as Wikeleaks as being the same thing. Whether it helps or hurts I am not sure.

I actually was interested in getting a Wikileaks mug, but all they had is stuff that you had to wear in public.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1, Interesting)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294362)

Openleaks seems like the wrong approach, though.

They say they won't publish anything, only send it to newspapers. But that means that things only get published if a newspaper finds it interesting enough to publish, and they probably won't post the entire source document either. And if nobody is willing to post it, nobody will ever see it.

I'm fine with wikileaks alternatives and don't particularly care about Assange, but I want raw data, and lots of it. And no dependence on media organizations.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (3, Funny)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294706)

I'm fine with wikileaks alternatives and don't particularly care about Assange, but I want raw data, and lots of it.

/dev/random

enjoy.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294954)

He didn't say he wanted random data. /dev/zero gives you data much faster.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294698)

Should watch his latest interview on Australian TV he addresses these very things.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1, Interesting)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294112)

it's now an Assange fan club, of no real importance or effectiveness

I disagree, it's at most distracting from their mission by giving cable news fluff to focus on rather than the actual important stuff, but Fox news reporting on alleged rapes rather than the corruption they exposed was never the goal. If they ever release the incriminating documents on bank of America, and they prove actually incriminating or surprising (as opposed to stuff like "they're incompetent and abusive to customers" which we knew already), the Assange circus won't prevent that.

If the documents prove Bank of America is intentionally, systematically stealing houses by foreclosing on them improperly, Assange could have a sex webcam show and yet wikileaks will still have been quite effective. Bank of America would still have to face the music. Or rather, Bank of America would get a slap on the wrist, but that's not because of Assange, and a slap on the wrist for bad behavior is still slightly better than nothing at all.

That said, I really hope he doesn't put on a sex show. Bad mental images...

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (2)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294804)

If they ever release the incriminating documents on bank of America, and they prove actually incriminating or surprising...

Yeah, about that... Wasn't that stuff supposed to be released back in January or early February sometime? Is there a reason they are still dragging it out? I was kind of looking forward to what was supposed to be a release that involved "major scandals of some of the world's largest financial players." Have we heard anything about that stuff recently?

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35295282)

I did a google search to make sure they hadn't been released. The most recent news on it was from early February that it might be kind of boring, a dud. Anyway, I too am waiting for it and am wondering why they don't release it now.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (2)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294806)

But where are those documents?

he has been talking them up for months now. for the diplomatic cable releases he talked about them for months and months and months before anything was released., and when it was released all it showed was standard international politics and gossip for the most part.

If he was releasing data to benefit everyone why is his face on a shirt? he shouldn't have anything to do but redact documents and make sure the servers are running.

There should be no single point of failure in something like wikileaks. but that point is Julian. Remove Julian(peacefully ) from the scene and wikileaks will be a lot better of an organization. The single greatest thing George Washington did wasn't build the USA or help found the government or drive the british out. It was stepping down and letting go of the power. Julian will never do such a thing on his own.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294144)

Why do I imagine people wearing this shirt and then going through the airport and acting like an ass. Then when they get searched they will say it is because of they support wikileaks.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294202)

And they'll probably be right, actually. The government profiles people that are against it; big surprise!

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294238)

So if you act like an ass and are searched it's not because you acted like an ass, but because you were profiled?

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294736)

It's true. I walked into a bank wearing a balaclava, and those damn Nazi rent-a-cops threatened to shoot me. The profiling never stops ...

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294146)

In 30-something years you'll see teenagers wearing these tshirts because it's cool, without having any idea what it actually meant, like with Che Guevara pictures.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (2)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294256)

It's hipster trash. Why am I not surprised at crap like this.

irrelevant (1, Insightful)

Weezul (52464) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294264)

There are soo many leaks sites running around now that Assange won't "control the market" anymore. Imho, Assange deserves credit for pushing this cultural shift, both by trying to make an uncrackable publication chain and by putting himself on the line going after the U.S. I'll buy a shirt with his face for that.

You'll notice however that Anonymous' HBGary hackers didn't bother protecting their anonymity by gong through wikileaks, they just handled it themselves using proxies, friends, public wifi, etc. If enough hacks and leaks are occurring, and we're explaining reasonable precautions to people, then maybe Assange's leaker protections aren't all that important. And we've all heard how wikileaks backlog is just brutal, even when they still accepted material.

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (3, Insightful)

guspasho (941623) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294370)

There's a donation-based non-profit engaged in a pitched legal battle against some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world. How would you suggest they raise the funds necessary to defend themselves?

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0)

guspasho (941623) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294600)

Edit: "They are"

Re:Wikileaks has officially jumped the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35295818)

T-Shirt's with his picture? Seriously?

I wish they were more similar in style to the Idi Amin and Robert Mugabe shirts -- then I'd get one.

Not bad prices on... (4, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35293948)

Assange signature condoms and the "I fled Sweden and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" shirts. I did find the "Let loose this cable" boxer shorts and "I'm probably going to fry" chef aprons to be a bit distasteful.

Re:Not bad prices on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294242)

"I went to sweden where the girls are easy and I had to rape'em to get some"

I WANT THE "I RAPED THREE SWEDISH CHICKS AND GOT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35293958)

CAUGHT" !!

Sure to sell like hotcakes in Maine in winter. Ace of Base fans can agree on this at least.

Re:I WANT THE "I RAPED THREE SWEDISH CHICKS AND GO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294266)

This is truer than it sounds.In Sweden, and also for example Canada and Mexico, on arrest you are presumed guilty and must prove innocence by a preponderance of the evidence.Piss off the wrong people and you go to jail in Sweden.

what, no aviator sunglasses? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294002)

Awww man, I can't get a gray hoodie [wikimedia.org] with Assange's face plastered on it?

Re:what, no aviator sunglasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294206)

£42.50 for a hoodie.. no thanks.

my first thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294026)

My first thought was "Ankle Bracelets?"

Gear without his face? (3, Interesting)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294032)

I don't want his smug holier-than-thou bullshit grin on my clothing. Wikileaks I can support, Assange I can not.

Re:Gear without his face? (3, Informative)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294084)

Just look in the shop, there's plenty gear with the logo as well.

Re:Gear without his face? (2)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294094)

But...but...he's this generations Che Guevara. Look forward to seeing all sorts of losers sporting t-shirts with Assange's face on them.

Re:Gear without his face? (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294152)

He certainly is not. Julian Assange is an attention whore who makes ignorant statements such as “Weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant,”. Hate or love him Che Guevara actually went and got his hands drity. Julian Assange does things purely to be noticed. Where are the big revelations. You can follow the breadcrumb trail forever, but you will never get the steak.

Che Guevara got his hands dirty... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294176)

Yeah, his hands were pretty stained with blood before they put him down.

Re:Gear without his face? (3, Insightful)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294254)

Che Guevara got his hands dirty through massacres and summary executions.

Nothing there to love.

Re:Gear without his face? (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294292)

My post was mostly tongue-in-cheek. The people who are most likely going to wear these t-shirts with Assange's face are mostly just as braindead as the hipsters who wear Che shirts without ever knowing anything about him other than the fact that it's "cool" to have his face on your shirt.

Re:Gear without his face? (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294852)

I apologize then. I have been upset at mr.lasagna the past few days for insulting the intelligence of reputable NASA astronauts.

Re:Gear without his face? (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#35295110)

How is that ignorant? Are you saying these people are not weirdos?

Re:Gear without his face? (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | more than 3 years ago | (#35295262)

That is a very ignorant statement. Countless astronauts have and continue to see unexplainable objects in space. Do you consider Buzz Aldrin a weirdo? Countless number of aircraft pilots in a timespan of over 5 decades have reported seeing unexplainable objects in the sky. Former president Jimmy Carter is also a weirdo? Sure there are alot of weirdos in the UFO community. But to make a blanket statement like that just shows ignorance and nothing more.

Re:Gear without his face? (1)

internettoughguy (1478741) | more than 3 years ago | (#35295578)

“Weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant,&rdquo

Please explain the ignorance in this statement?

Re:Gear without his face? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294114)

Sometimes sociopaths accidentally change the world for good. They still don't deserve any credit.

Re:Gear without his face? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294838)

I don't want his smug holier-than-thou bullshit grin on my clothing. Wikileaks I can support, Assange I can not.

yep, the astroturfers are on slashdot...

Re:Gear without his face? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35295046)

That is the whole point behind Assange's image, isn't it? Acting as the lightning rod and icon so that wikileaks is able to function unhindered seems to be working well.

I won't be buying any of that stuff but I suspect this is a good move for them. Unless I am missing some net harm to wikileaks caused by his persona, isn't this a perfectly valid way to further fund wikileaks and keep all criticism on him?

Self-removing Condoms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294048)

I'd like to show my support of Assange and everything he does.

Can I get a condom that takes itself off or dissolves magically?

Our (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294070)

longtime advisor and consultant, Joe Lieberman, has informed us of your hacker terrorist site and its unpatriotic nature. Commencing immediately all credit card processing has been suspended for your store,

Regards,
Master of Cards.

Anyone verified this is actually legit? (4, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294090)

Is this for real (has Assange actually endorsed this?) or is this just a scam or another attempt to discredit/embarrass Wikileaks/Assange? I haven't seen anything about it on Wikileaks actual website.

Re:Anyone verified this is actually legit? (1)

bussdriver (620565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294326)

I've already received my shirts a week ago. so at least those are real.

When I contacted them with some questions I was responded to from an address of wikileaks.de which my server said was sent from an email server at wl.datendetektei.de. Their email server is also a mirror of the wikileaks site and the main wikileaks site lists wl.datendetektei.de as an official mirror site. I would think that this means that this is as legit as that faction is.

Re:Anyone verified this is actually legit? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294404)

According to the shop-info, the email address shown as a contact is @wikileaks.de which according to DENIC whois-info is owned by Theodor Reppe, a German Wikileaks supporter. Although not a very smart one, as a quick Google search reveals.
I wouldn't bet on this being completely legit.

Re:Anyone verified this is actually legit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294834)

I got my shirts several weeks ago. From what I can tell, they are legit, but I'm Dutch, so what do I know?

Re:Anyone verified this is actually legit? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35295812)

I have a flatmate who works for Spreadshirt and while he's not directly involved with this, I understand from him that there have been email exchanges with Wikileaks regarding setting up the store. Also the Wikileaks Twitter account tweeted a link to the store a week or so back.

Oh boy (1)

abigsmurf (919188) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294150)

I can't wait to hand over my credit card info to an organisation dedicated to releasing secret information!

Wonder if they sell Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy...

Re:Oh boy (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294216)

They won't be getting it. Spreadshirt [wikipedia.org] is like cafepress and sells stuff for everybody. It's also a german shop, so I doubt they hand out credit card info to anybody. Europe has quite tight regulations on that kind of thing.

But alternatively, you can mail the money [wikileaks.ch]

Re:Oh boy (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294840)

Here's a hint, use a one time "gift credit card" you can buy them for a preset amount and when they are depleted they are worthless. Still, burn the card when you are done with it.

I hate it when... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294212)

I hate it when my wiki leaks; why would I want to advertise it and encourage people to look down there?

Ya right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294218)

So will they leak their customers' billing information? If not, why not? Do you believe in privacy now Wikileaks? Maybe you could redact the credit card numbers. I mean, that's fair right?

Sell Out. (2)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294252)

If you are going to show how the Rich people in charge are corrupt... You shouldn't do that while selling your own wares.

Re:Sell Out. (1)

vxice (1690200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294392)

The rich and powerful he is trying to out are large multi national corporations, large governments and the like. Not people selling t-shirts with their face on them. Your analogy would be like saying anyone trying to stop drunk driving should not consume any liquid.

Re:Sell Out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294790)

Yes, how dare he try to raise money to defend himself in a lawsuit he's facing... and how dare he try to raise money to run the website.

Or do you think that this is intended to finance his posh upper-class lifestyle?

assange also nominated for nobel peace prize (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294276)

can't decide whether to hate him, or them aljizzards more today. at least we're getting time off from having to hate gays & muslims all day every day. can't even get around hating public service workers? awaiting further propaganda.

there's more evidence mounting that almost nothing else worthwhile can occur until all of our young are well equipped (including spiritually) to thrive in an open/honest/selfless manner. motive is everything. as for example....? see you there?

Wikileaks Coffee Mugs (1)

gratuitous_arp (1650741) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294438)

Wikileaks stopped offering coffee mugs on the store because they made such a mess.

I RAPED TWO SWEDES! (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294442)

And all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

Re:I RAPED TWO SWEDES! (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294606)

So far.

WikiLeaks vs Assange? (1)

david.emery (127135) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294480)

So how much of the income actually goes to WikiLeaks-the-website, versus funding for Assange's legal defense fund (on UNRELATED charges) or to support Assange's own ego-inflated life-style?

I might be persuaded to support WikiLeaks, but I won't spend a single penny to support Assange's defense on a rape charge. (And the idea that the Swedes, of all countries, are going to send Assange to Git-Mo, is particularly ludicrous. UK is -much closer- to the US in that regard; if I were Assange and I really believed that shit, I'd feel a lot safer in a Swedish court than a British one. That's not intended as a dig on UK justice, by the way, but as an acknowledgement that the British and the US have much tighter connections on terrorism cases.)

Bitcoins, duh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35294576)

With all the problems with various institutions blocking wikileaks transactions its a mystery why they don't support Bitcoin. Bitcoins can't be blocked, traced, back-charged, or any nonsense like that, plus there are no fees or central authorities to game the system. Peer 2 Peer (P2P) Currency baby!

And of course you can exchange them for dollars, or Euros, or Rubles, or gold, or xBox 360s on the internet....when the time comes.

If wikileaks starts accepting Bitcoins I pledge $500 USD transferred in $BTC (About 550 BTC or so right now, flucuates a little) within 24 hours of the announcement.

Pathetic. (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294584)

I've been noticing that images of Assange in the media have been growing increasingly messianic. He's essentially been turned into this dapper stud. I think Wikileaks is great, but I have a huge problem with the way this one twit, who seems to have a massive ego, is getting all the credit.

I find it pathetic that people can't help but glorify an individual for something scores of people have worked towards. It's not just those who built Wikileaks, but all the personal risks people have taken to leak all that information.

What is the big deal? (5, Insightful)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294666)

Wow. I see a lot of funny comments, but also a lot of whiny bitches. *cry* Assange is a media whore! Assange is a poser! Assange is this, Assange is that */cry* Really? Does anyone read what they type before they hit submit?

1) The shirts with his face aren't the only item in the store. I bought a hat that says Wikileaks on it, along with a shirt that says the same. You don't have to buy the one with the pic of his face on it. (Frankly, the shirt with his face on it IS kinda on the creepy side. Not sure who would buy that shirt, Assange fan-boy or not. But that doesn't make the whole idea of wikileaks selling stuff wrong.)

2) Not sure what the big deal is. WikiLeaks needs $, just like any other organization, in order to keep the leaks flowing. Nobody is forcing you to buy a shirt with Assange's face on it. In fact, nobody is forcing you to buy anything at all.

3) Assange fan-club or not, WikiLeaks has provided, and will hopefully continue to provide, insight into the shady dealings of governments and military's . They have done more good than bad. Who cares if Assange likes media attention? If WikiLeaks never had media attention, then the leaks would be MEANINGLESS. Assange never asked for rape charges to be drummed up and then covered to DEATH by every major media outlet. And he has, for the most part, used the media coverage to dispel the lies and get the word out about WikiLeaks and the content of the actual leaks.

4) How is it a bad thing they are doing this? This store is most likely in response to their other means of funding being shut down! Remember how you used to be able to donate through paypal? Well now you can donate by buying a freaking Assange shirt. Either support them or shut up. I really don't see another reason to try and call Assange a media whore again. That isn't what the store is about. It's about funding wikileaks.

Re:What is the big deal? (1)

Winckle (870180) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294906)

I wish I had the mod points to mod this up. Sick of people going nuts calling Assange a media whore. Like he enjoys being called a rapist in newspapers around the world.

Leakers (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294732)

Oooo, do they have a shirt that says "Leakers do it by surprise" on the back?

Re:Leakers (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 3 years ago | (#35295506)

LMAO no but they should. Send then an e-mail.

Alternate Title (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294844)

...or: "How to lose your government Security Clearance with only 1 click."

Only if..... (1)

Adam Appel (1991764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294896)

I'd buy something, not because I want to support wikileaks, more for the absurdity of it. Two things stop me; the big one it has his face as the brand, not some super 1337 logo, second I live in a military town and I would face getting my ass kicked by some 11B's, third (I know, I said two) I anti-support (yes I think he is an enemy of the USA, yes I think there should be state secrets, yes I also think there should SOMETIMES be leaks, but not like this).

Biohazard! t-shirt (1)

VicVegas (990077) | more than 3 years ago | (#35294958)

The store was linked on Slashdot previously. If you go to page 4 you will see a black t-shirt with only the biohazard logo sans "Courage is Contagious". I emailed the store and requested such a T-shirt, as I noticed they had another product with just the logo. Twenty minutes later, it was online and I ordered it. The shirt arrived yesterday and it is beautiful! The drippy planet in the middle is a shiny silver, which means I get to wear a bauble. Win.

Sure, give your credit card to Wikileaks (1)

peterofoz (1038508) | more than 3 years ago | (#35295456)

They'll keep it private for sure...

Among other also ran candidates (1)

Alimony Pakhdan (1855364) | more than 3 years ago | (#35295676)

As someone put it recently "Julian Assange is like a second string character in a William Gibson novel"

Hijueputa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35295852)

How much for the Assange pussy-hound shirt?

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