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WikiLeaks' slow response in coming to the financial aid of its alleged source, who now faces up to 52 years in prison for having passed information to the website, has long been a cause of frustration for his supporters, although they have been hesitant to go public.
In the past the Bradley Manning Support Network has indicated that WikiLeaks had promised to pay up to $50,000 in legal fees, although that offer was reduced to $20,000 in December and the payment ended up being $15,000.
Part of the problem may be explained by WikiLeaks' own financial difficulties as a result of Visa, Mast