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'The Ballad of Julian Assange' among songs featuring on new Wikileaks CD

The Beat the Blockade CD is the latest attempt by the whistleblowing organisation to raise funds for its projects.

Julian Assange (File photo)
Julian Assange (File photo)
Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NOT CONTENT WITH a TV show, and a social network now Wikileaks has its very own album, with its very own songs, donated by a variety of artists and all in aid of raising money for the whistleblower website.

As its founder Julian Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London following a English Supreme Court ruling that he must be extradited to Sweden to face sex charges perhaps he is listening to the likes of ‘Where There Are No Secrets’ or ‘B Manning’.

The ‘Beat the Blockade’ CD features a number of other appropriately titled tracks including ‘The Ballad of Julian Assange’, ‘Bradley’s Song’ – referring to the US soldier widely suspected of having leaked thousands of documents to Wikileaks – and something called the ‘Wikileaks Samba’ .

Announcing details of the 12-song disc on its website, Wikileaks said its release was intended to raise funds in order to help it overcome a financial blockade imposed on it by the refusal of a number of credit card and payment companies to process donations to the organisation.

“WikiLeaks is currently fighting the blockade in lawsuits around the world. The blockade is entirely political and was erected without any legal or administrative process whatsoever,” the organisation said.

If you fancy getting your hands on the CD, it is priced at $11.99 or $24.99 for something called a ‘Supporter Version’.

The CD is just the latest in a growing list of Wikileaks products including a TV show called ‘The World Tomorrow’ and its own social network, called Friends of WikiLeaks.

Read: Ecuador ambassador briefed on Assange in Sweden

Read: There’s “no hint” of US plan to take Assange from Sweden, says Australian minister

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