An American teenager used his dad’s eBay account to bid $33,000 (£20,700) for one of the servers used by WikiLeaks.
The server was put up for auction on eBay by Swedish web provider Bahnhof. In 2010 the server was rented by WikiLeaks and hosted the classified US government files and cables leaked by Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, including the Iraq War Logs.
According to Wired, John Karlung CEO of Bahnhof received a message after the auction closed from an industrial maintenance worker informing him that his son had bid and bought the item without his permission and that he wanted to cancel the bid.
In an email to Karlung, the boys’ father stated: “My son is 17 years old and is crazy about conspiracy theory”.
It seems he’s not the only one. Although it has been wiped and its secrets long gone, the Dell Poweredge R410 server received 93 bids from 34 bidders keen to own a slice of history.
According to the eBay description, WikiLeaks rented the server from Bahnhof. “This is indeed the physical server from which the leaked cablegate material was released, complete with hard drivers, motherboard and everything. It can be plugged in and used immediately,” it states.
WikiLeaks itself was not in favour of the auction, taking to Twitter:
We support RSF. We do not support Bahnhof exploiting the privacy and goodname of their clients for marketing purposes.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 2, 2013
The second highest bid of $32,900 (£20,625), will now win the auction. All money raised from the auction is going to press freedom organisation Reporters without Borders and internet freedom-of-speech campaign group the 5th of July Foundation.