Feb. 7, 2011 at 2:51 PM ET
Dealing with strange lawsuits and angry governments is expensive. And despite Julian Assange's recent $1.3 million book deal and plenty of generous donations, money's pretty tight at WikiLeaks. So what's a controversial secret-spilling website to do? Start selling shirts, sweaters, coffee mugs and tote bags, of course!
As Andy Greenberg explains on Forbes' "The Firewall" blog, WikiLeaks is launching an online shop — powered by an e-commerce platform called Spreadshirt — and selling various WikiLeaks branded merchandise. So far only a few shirts appear in the store, but don't worry: Supposedly there'll be a far larger selection available soon.
As an ironic bonus: The WikiLeaks shop accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Yes, most of those credit card companies have refused to accept donations on behalf of WikiLeaks, yet they're perfectly content to process payments for silly branded merchandise sold by the organization. Someone must've mailed them a few of those cute "I leak this" shirts to smooth things over or something.