Edward Snowden’s defense fund has raised over $12,000 in Bitcoins in two weeks
Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, left behind a six figure salary and a “very comfortable life” in Hawaii to become the world’s most famous whistleblower. Now that he’s found asylum in Russia and faces espionage charges at home, a legal defense fund launched by WikiLeaks has raised over $16,000 to pay Snowden’s legal fees. 75 percent ($12,740 by current exchange rates) of that money came in the form of Bitcoins raised in just the past two weeks.
A Bitcoin is currently selling for about $130 on Mt. Gox, the currency’s largest exchange.