"The people involved, who are committed to it, spend their inheritance and that's how it's financed," he said. "There are some online donations but they only cover about 5 percent of expenses. We keep getting approached by people who want to contribute but they ask for a lot of bureaucracy in order to do that and right now we're a very lean organization. ... If grant writers would like to step forward, we'd be delighted."
The site's ability to function also depends on its wiki format, which allows people around the world to contribute to its upkeep and content. Always seeking new documents, Assange used his speech during the Hack In The Box conference in Malaysia to ask the crowd of hackers and security researchers to help find documents on its Most Wanted Leaks of 2009 list.
"You have your game of capture the flag. There are a lot of flags; go capture them," he said. "Get it to us, no questions asked. You will help change history."