WikiLeaks to Release Debut Album

The 12-track album 'Beat the Blockade' is aimed towards raising funds for the whistle-blowing organization.

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From the people who brought you the 2010 diplomatic cable releases comes Beat the Blockade – the debut album by WikiLeaks, the global clearinghouse for classified data and sensitive documents.

Yahoo News reports that Beat the Blockade will consist of 12 tracks, including “The Ballad of Julian Assange”, “B Manning” and “Where There Are No Secrets”.

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It is not yet known whether founder Julian Assange, currently seeking political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, will appear on any of the tracks.

The album will be released Aug. 5 and costs $5. Proceeds will go towards keeping the website running or to the WikiLeaks and Julian Assange Defense Fund.

Since December 2010, following the diplomatic cables release, a financial blockade on WikiLeaks was imposed by the Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union. WikiLeaks alleges that this has destroyed 95% of its revenue.

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Beat the Blockade might be WikiLeaks’ first foray into the music industry, but the whistle-blowing group has already made significant strides into the world of entertainment.

It has established its own online TV show, The World Tomorrow, hosted by Assange, and a social network, Friends of WikiLeaks.

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