This was stated by Silk Noah, a core member of AssangeDAO, who recently raised $ 53 million to support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
According to NOAA, the fundraising campaign was a “great success”, demonstrating the power a decentralized autonomous organization can have to influence political and social issues. DAO allows anyone who wants to support Assange to donate ether (ETH) and become a member of the organization.
In return, AssangeDAO members received a pro rata amount of the JUSTICE Governance Token, which will allow them to vote on how the money raised will be used, as well as on future initiatives to support the whistleblower’s cause.
“It really is a message, a political signal that there are political costs involved in going after Julian,” Gabriel Shipton, Assange’s brother, said of the successful campaign.
The money raised will go to pay for Assange’s legal fees and support his release from a British prison where he has been held for almost three years.
Assange recently appealed a British court decision that could have allowed him to be extradited to the United States, where he could be sentenced and sentenced to life in prison for publishing classified documents. Assange’s supporters see him as a champion of a free press.
“The immediate result will be that Britain accepts Julian’s appeal and refuses extradition,” Shipton said. “The holy grail of all this is that the charges in the United States have been dropped and these authorities have stopped prosecuting Julian for publishing their secrets,” he added.
AssangeDAO was able to raise money by participating in a non-token (NFT) auction called “censorship” by Assange and digital artist Buck. The NFT auction consists of one lot called “Watch” and an open lot where each participant can test their own NFT. NFTs cannot be sold until Assange is released.
“Now we have 30,000 collectors who are interested in releasing Julian so they can exchange Julian and Pak with NFT ‘censorship’.”