Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 06/16/2011

Julian Assange auctions himself on eBay


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen with his ankle security tag at the house where he is required to stay in, near Bungay, England, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Assange has been under house arrest for six months. (Kirsty Wigglesworth - AP)
Hey, celebrities have done worse things for money.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, embattled in expensive legal struggles over a Swedish rape case, is auctioning himself off for at least $3,064 on eBay.

Well, you don’t get to keep him, but eight winning bidders do get a seat at a luncheon with Assange and Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Zizek at Troxy in East London, followed by a Frontline Club event in which the two men will discuss the impact of WikiLeaks. The bid even includes a taxi from the lunch to the event!

One hundred percent of the final sale price will support WikiLeaks, which has struggled to get funds after Visa, Mastercard and Paypal stopped processing donations in response to the organization’s release of the diplomatic cables. WikiLeaks is also accepting donations through Bitcoin, and Assange has launched a Facebook campaign to fund his legal defense.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks announced plans to release a video Thursday:

Today we release video of Assange house arrest. TV news orgs wishing embargoed copy, email swedenversusassange@fastmail.fmless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

That video turned out to contain none of the shocking revelations the cables did, and instead showed Assange’s supporters arguing that he be taken off house arrest:

House Arrest from Winston Burrows on Vimeo.

Assange is currently living in London and fighting extradition after being arrested in December in the rape case.

(Via the Atlantic Wire.)

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