Sometimes the precompiled wget binaries refuse to work with your ssl linked libraries.
The simple solution is to compile a new wget binary to be used with your ssl libraries.
tar xvzf wget-1.8.2.tar.gz
./configure –prefix=/usr –with-ssl
If you’re using FreeBSD, you’d need to use –prefix=/usr/local instead of /usr.
Obviously, if you don’t have wget to begin with, you’d need to use another tool to download the wget source code, like “fetch” or “lynx”.