Taxing Transparency Hamburg Authority Deals Blow to WikiLeaks

The tax authority in the city-state of Hamburg is suddenly playing an important role in determining the future of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. By revoking the tax-exempt status of the site's main financial supporter in Germany for the 2010 calendar year, the authority could place a further strain on the organization's future.
A protestor holds a poster of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside Ecuador's embassy in London.

A protestor holds a poster of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside Ecuador's embassy in London.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan