WikiLeaks, Digital Artist Pak to Launch Ethereum NFTs to Free Julian Assange

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Celebrated digital artist “Pak” announced yesterday a collaboration with WikiLeaks to launch a line of NFTs.
The new collection, “Censored,” is set to launch on February 7.

On the heels of his highly successful “Merge” NFT drop on Gemini-backed NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway, celebrated digital artist “Pak” announced yesterday a collaboration with WikiLeaks to launch a line of NFTs that will support the Wau Holland Foundation.

Founded in 2003 and named after Europe’s largest association of hackers, the Germany-based Wau Holland has raised millions in donations for WikiLeaks.

“They support freedom of communication and through their moral courage project Julian Assange’s defense,” Gabriel Shipton, film producer and brother of Julian Assange, tells Decrypt.

The new collection, “Censored,” is set to launch on February 7 and, according to Pak, will include a dynamic limited-edition NFT with an image that changes over time-based on smart contract data.

The collaboration between Pak and Assange is the latest part of a renewed push to see the WikiLeaks founder freed from prison. Following in the footsteps of the FreeRossDAO, which organized to raise money for the release of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht from prison, FreeAssangeDAO has come together to assist the legal efforts of the WikiLeaks founder, who was indicted on conspiracy charges in 2019 and may be extradited to the U.S.

Though the NFT collection is mostly unrelated to the FreeAssangeDAO, the organization does plan to bid on the dynamic NFT, according to Shipton, who is an advisor to the DAO.

Shipton says “the concept of Censored is super timely,” given conversations in the U.S. about the responsibility of platforms to monitor and limit content. He cited Joe Rogan’s dustup with Spotify over alleged COVID vaccine misinformation on the podcaster’s show.

“For me it’s about freedom, and this time my medium is a case,” Pak said of the new NFT collection during a Discord discussion.

Pak’s previous collection, “Merge,” dropped in December 2021 and sold nearly $92 million worth of “mass” tokens from 28,984 total buyers on Nifty Gateway. After the token sale, the “mass” tokens were combined to create dynamic, distinctive NFT collectibles. According to Nifty Gateway, the NFT drop is the highest-grossing collection on the platform.

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