In 2010 - following the release of sensitive government documents related to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - John McCain and Joe Lieberman led a bipartisan attempt to cut off WikiLeaks funding by forcing 'traditional' payment systems to block them.
As CoinTelegraph concludes, Wikileaks has been on the forefront of revealing government corruption, and Assange has lived as a fugitive in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. With all the antigovernment rhetoric, it's no wonder Assange is not friendly with pro-government fiat currencies. Wikileaks and its founder represent the sort of non-governmental control that Bitcoin is founded upon.
And while governments around the world play 'pass the hot potato' with their regulatory crackdowns on cryptocurrencies, it appears - after denouncing Bitcoin earlier in the week - that Russia has accepted the inevitability of digital currencies... and created its own.