Julian Assange and digital artist Pak set to launch ‘Censored’ NFT collection
In an effort to bring further attention to the plight of Julian Assange and support his bid for freedom, the prominently anonymous digital artist Pak is releasing an NFT collection in collaboration with the Wikileaks founder.
Love or hate non-fungible tokens, one thing’s for sure, like Assange himself, they do tend to grab headlines. And the artist (or perhaps artists) known as Pak is no stranger to the limelight as well, having generating an eye-watering US$91.8 million late last year for the geometrically intriguing “The Merge” NFT project.
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— NFT Slate (@nftslate) December 27, 2021
Pak’s Assange-related collection, titled “Censored,” is set to launch on February 7, which coincides with a UK Supreme Court deadline for the imprisoned Australian journalist’s legal team to make its case against his US extradition.
According to posts from the Pak Twitter account, the collection will include a dynamic one-of-one edition NFT that will change over time based on smart-contract data, as well as a more accessible “open edition” series.
Judging by a January 30 tweet from Wikileaks itself, there could be 1,000 of the the open-edition NFTs, with their content and appearance under wraps for the moment.
Censored is a collaboration with Julian Assange.
It’s about you.
It consists of two parts, a dynamic 1/1 and a dynamic open edition, for you all to participate.
It will be here on February 7th. https://t.co/QvKlk3oIs8
— Pak (@muratpak) January 30, 2022
The collection will reportedly be supporting the German-based Wau Holland Foundation, which was set up in 2003 and is named after the co-founder of Europe’s largest group of hackers. The foundation has raised millions of dollars to support Assange’s cause.
The decentralised application (DApp)-focused data aggregator DappRader wrote a blog post about the collaborative art project earlier this week, noting:
“This collaboration makes a lot of sense. Pak is among the most revolutionary artists of the day. At the same time, Assange aims to shine a light on international affairs and political problems through WikiLeaks.
“Details about the contents and ideas of the Censored collection have not been revealed. However, considering the two partners in crime, it will definitely attract attention.”
Assange has been banged up in London’s Belmarsh maximum-security prison since April 2019 after his asylum status in the Ecuadorian embassy of London was revoked. He has since been indicted on 17 counts of espionage in a US court relating to classified documents he published on Wikileaks between 2010 and 2011.
Assange won the right to ask the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court to block his extradition to the US, allowing his lawyers two weeks to get a case together. If he loses, he would face the charges in the US and could spend the rest of his life behind bars over there.
At least he’d get a few more visits from Pamela Anderson. Possibly.
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