Wikileaks spending rises to $500K in past 5 months, questions over donations promised to Manning

The support group for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the presumed leaker of those diplomatic cables who is currently in the brig in Quantico, claims funds solicited from the public by Wikileaks and Julian Assange on Manning's behalf haven't arrived. Snip:

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Immediately following Bradley's arrest in late June 2010, the whistle-blower website Wikileaks publicly solicited donations specifically for Bradley's legal defense expenses. In July 2010, Wikileaks pledged to contribute a "substantial amount" towards Bradley's legal defense costs. Since Bradley's selection of David Coombs as his civilian defense attorney in August 2010, the Bradley Manning Support Network has unsuccessfully attempted to facilitate the pledged Wikileaks contribution

An email exchange posted on John Young's Cryptome site, for what it's worth, suggests that some of those funds are expected soon.

Related: this week in Wired: "WikiLeaks' expenditures have risen dramatically from a paltry $38,000 between October 2009 and July 2010 to more than $495,000 in the last five months, according to a foundation that manages most of the organization's donations."

Still no public visibility into the organization's sources of funding, or uses of those funds, but the foundation managing much of that promises to release information by the end of this month.