German WikiLeaks funder not threatened with closure: authorities
German authorities denied Tuesday that a foundation which helps raise funds for WikiLeaks was on the brink of closure, after other funding avenues for the online whistleblower were shut down, DPA reported.
The Wau Holland foundation, which provides a significant share of WikiLeaks funding, has received two warnings for not handing financial statements to the authorities in time.
The foundation, named after a German web activist who died in 2001, has raised 800,000 euros (1 million dollars) for WikiLeaks since October 2009, according to its President Winfried Motzkus.
A spokesman for the city of Kassel said the warnings were a purely legal issue and had no political ramifications, in an interview with German Press Agency dpa.
"This has nothing to do with WikiLeaks," said regional spokesman Michael Conrad, adding that the foundation could only lose its privileged tax status if it contravened regulations.
WikiLeaks funding through online payments service PayPal and a Swiss post office account were both frozen at the weekend, allegedly because the whistleblower was in breach of terms and conditions.
PayPal has also blocked donations to the Wau Holland Stiftung.
Conrad said any foundation had to present its financial reporting nine months after the end of the financial year, and would be sent reminders if it failed to do so. As long as the foundation's accounts are in order, there were no further consequences.
WikiLeaks is financed through donations, and previously issued an appeal for a minimum of 200,000 dollars (150,000 euros) to stay afloat.