Empire Newsletter: WikiLeaks founder is finally home after DAO support

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AssangeDAO may be the most successful example of a single-use decentralized autonomous organization to date, even with all of its shortcomings.

Drawing a direct line between its fundraising efforts and the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange isn’t totally practical. But the DAO did do something very tangible: It raised $56 million in ETH for Assange’s camp.

It was a huge sum. Taking a page out of FreeRossDAO, another org launched in support of imprisoned Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, AssangeDAO used the crowdfunded ETH to buy an NFT it minted in collaboration with digital artist Pak.

The NFT is tied to an image of a clock counting the days Assange was…

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