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Wikileaks Opens Official Online Store 142

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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Wikileaks Opens Official Online Store

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  • Obligatory (Score:5, Funny)

    by BJ_Covert_Action ( 1499847 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @05:30PM (#35293916) Homepage Journal
    But where are the Julian Assange contraceptives? ;)
  • Shirt Spam? (Score:4, Informative)

    by alphatel ( 1450715 ) * on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @05:30PM (#35293918)
    We already posted this last week [slashdot.org]
  • by halivar ( 535827 ) <bfelger.gmail@com> on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @05:32PM (#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?

    • by RLabs ( 1901894 )
      I was into Wikileaks while it was still indie.
      • Haha. Now that tshirt, I might buy.

      • I know what you mean man. Wikileaks sold out and only started leaking information about big countries like the US and info on big corporate banks. There is this website I know of that is totally going to break the news on the manipulation of the false tooth and potassium storage unit market of Liechtenstein. I would tell you the web address (you have probably never heard of it) but the server is really small so you probably wouldn't be let in anyway.

    • 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: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by vadim_t ( 324782 )

        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.

      • by Gori ( 526248 )

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

        My mug arrived a few days ago, check it out here : http://officialwikileakseu.spreadshirt.net/p6 [spreadshirt.net]

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      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

      • 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?

      • 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 so

      • I don't watch Fox news and I still don't know about corruption they exposed. Please, could you list some of the things. As far as I know, most all of the leaks were benign and the ones that weren't seemed to subject to much interpretation in order to be damaging.

        As for your point on Bank of America, it appears that you are wishing for bad news and do not have any insight that isn't already publicly available. You are complaining that there isn't more news that you want to hear and all you do hear is somethi

    • by LWATCDR ( 28044 )

      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.

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

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

          • 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 ...

            • for a minute there, I thought you were talking about a baklava [wikipedia.org] and I was wondering how that was even possible.

              So I looked it up and found I didn't need to answer that question.

    • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

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

    • irrelevant (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Weezul ( 52464 )

      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.

    • by guspasho ( 941623 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @06:18PM (#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?

    • There were those of us that pointed out that he was a meglomaniac and would eventually destroy Wikileaks in his desire to be the Central Poomba. Everyone that pointed this out was marked as Trolls by the blind followers. Anyone that didn't notice that this was all about him wasn't paying attention. All the money is donated to him, not the movement. He's actually tried to claim ownership of the leaks and he was livid when someone leaked information about himself but he was perfectly willing to leak informan

  • by gad_zuki! ( 70830 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @05:35PM (#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.

  • Awww man, I can't get a gray hoodie [wikimedia.org] with Assange's face plastered on it?
  • by schnikies79 ( 788746 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @05:41PM (#35294032)

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

    • by vadim_t ( 324782 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @05:47PM (#35294084) Homepage

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

    • by Desler ( 1608317 )

      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.

      • 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.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Wyatt Earp ( 1029 )

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

          Nothing there to love.

        • by Desler ( 1608317 )

          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.

          • I apologize then. I have been upset at mr.lasagna the past few days for insulting the intelligence of reputable NASA astronauts.
        • How is that ignorant? Are you saying these people are not weirdos?

          • 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.
        • “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?

    • Dude, you're falling for this hook, line, and sinker. He's a lightning rod.

    • Then why are you sending money to Assange? You do realize that there is no foundation, no structure and that all the money donated is going to his personal accounts right?

  • by nimbius ( 983462 )
    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,

    Master of Cards.
  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @05:47PM (#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.

    • 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.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      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.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      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.
  • 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...
    • by vadim_t ( 324782 )

      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]

    • 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.
  • by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @06:05PM (#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.

    • by vxice ( 1690200 )
      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.
    • by Thing 1 ( 178996 )

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

      "If you're going to show how the mouth-breathers are wrong, you should stop breathing as well" does not sound productive. Who can do anything without resources? "If you're going to show how humans are bad, you should not be one yourself." Yes, I'm taking your thought too far to demonstrate the absurdity. It's a non-profit, going against the most profitable companies in the world. How would you provide resources for your goals if not through the easily-exchangeable form of money?

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

  • And all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

  • 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

  • by Anonymous Coward

    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 (Ab

  • 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

  • by MoldySpore ( 1280634 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @06:44PM (#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.

    • by Winckle ( 870180 )

      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.

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

  • ...or: "How to lose your government Security Clearance with only 1 click."
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • They'll keep it private for sure...
  • As someone put it recently "Julian Assange is like a second string character in a William Gibson novel"
  • I thought you could buy state secrets!

    (Cheap of course - and a sale on weekends!)

  • If you buy anything from their shop, they post your credit card info and billing address online.

  • If the site is about getting money to Wikileaks, then I think they should sell plain white (no logo or text whatsoever) shirts for $100.
  • profit!
  • Does anyone else find it ironic that the website selling stuff for an organization that loves anonymity for the people uses google analytics?

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