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Obama Executive Order prompts surge in bitcoin donations to the Snowden defence fund

On 1 April 2015, Barack Obama signed into law an Executive Order “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities”

Media reports speculated that the new powers granted by this Executive Order would enable executive authorities to confiscate cryptocurrency holdings and even prohibit donations to Edward Snowden’s defence fund.

Since news of the Executive Order came to light, the bitcoin account for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund experienced a significant surge in donations , due at least in part to this post on reddit. We have received over 200 separate donations this month, including a single donation of 8.49 bitcoin, or over 2000 US dollars.

Reddit AMA on 6 April, 7pm EST

Members of the Courage team, including trustee Julian Assange, acting director Sarah Harrison, and advisory board members Renata Avila, who is an internet rights lawyer, and Andy Muller-Maguhn, on the board of the Wau Holland Foundation, which collects donations for Snowden and Hammond on Courage’s behalf, will be participating in a Reddit AMA on Monday, 7pm EST / 11pm GMT. They’ll discuss Courage, ready to answer anything, including questions on the increase in BTC since the Executive Order.

Courage continues to accept bitcoin donations at the following addresses:

Edward Snowden’s defence fund: 1snowqQP5VmZgU47i5AWwz9fsgHQg94Fa
Jeremy Hammond’s defence fund: 1JeremyESb2k6pQTpGKAfQrCuYcAAcwWqr
Matt DeHart’s defence fund: 1DEharT171Hgc8vQs1TJvEotVcHz7QLSQg

The Known Unknowns Fund for suspected sources under investigation:

To donate directly to Courage: 1courAa6zrLRM43t8p98baSx6inPxhigc