It has been a while since we’ve seen or heard from WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. But WikiLeaks has just dropped a Vimeo video entitled “What Does it Cost to Change the World?” featuring none other than Assange himself in something of a MasterCard parody (check the video above.)
The latest spoof on a classic MasterCard ad campaign comes from one of the credit card company’s best known adversaries. “There are some people who don’t like change,” ends the short video that was recently posted to Vimeo and YouTube. “For everyone else, there’s WikiLeaks.”
On-screen text encourages people to learn more about the financial blockade that a number of major financial institutions announced they would instate in December 2010. According to the video, these companies’ refusal to process any of WikiLeaks’s payments has cost the group $15 million in lost donations.
“What do MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union all have in common?” reads the video’s description.”They help you pay for what you want? Well, yes… that is unless you want to help WikiLeaks make the world a better place. To see the shocking details, please go to wikileaks.org/support.html.”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been under house arrest in Britain since December when Sweden issued an extradition request on accusations of sexual misconduct, makes a cameo appearance. By its own calculations, WikiLeaks is spending $500,000 on his house arrest and $1 million in legal fees.
The video directs supporters toward alternate donation methods (some of these methods, The Atlantic Wire points out, do not support WikiLeaks’s greater goals, but rather Assange’s legal expenses). Because, it argues, “change as a result of your work: priceless.”
“As we’ve reported previously, potential donors should be aware that the WikiLeaks Legal Defense Fund does not directly support the activities of WikiLeaks. Instead it funds the legal defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose most pressing case is allegations of rape,” writes John Hudson at The Atlantic Wire.
“While that distinction may not matter to some WikiLeaks supporters like filmmaker Michael Moore who believe the rape allegations are politically motivated, those exclusively concerned with the organization’s mission of radical government transparency or uneasy with the allegations, may want to think twice before donating.” [via The Huff Post and Mashable]