WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website that allows people to publish information anonymously, has suspended operations owing to financial problems.

Its running costs including staff payments are $600,000, but so far this year it has raised just $130,000.

To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, but will be back soon, Wikileaks said Monday.

The site, like Wikipedia, is supported through personal donations, and will not receive corporate funding or advertising as it vies to stay independent.

WikiLeaks has established a reputation for publishing information that traditional media cannot.

The site has posted confidential 9/11 pager messages, as well as documents from Guantanamo and emails from Sarah Palin.

The site claims to have information about corrupt banks, the UN and the Iraq war that it is unable to publish while funds remain low.

You can change that and by doing so, change the world, the site said. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1,000, a million.

While it has received numerous recognition, awards do not pay the bills, the site said.