Amazon Banish Wikileaks

Tuesday, 07 December 2010

wiki_censoredControversial insider information site Wikileaks, jumped from their Swedish server to Amazon’s US cloud server after having a taste of their own medicine when their site was hacked. The move lasted almost the whole day before Amazon took down the site after Senator Joe Lieberman; the chairman of House Security supposedly applied pressure to the ecommerce giant.

Wikileaks is currently at the centre of a row with the US government after the site leaked 250,000 sensitive documents to the online community. Although not necessary harmful to any individual the documents are at least embarrassing for the government members involved.

Lieberman issued a statement saying, “I wish that Amazon had taken this action earlier based on Wikileaks’ previous publication of classified material. The company’s decision to cut off Wikileaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies Wikileaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material.”

Whether the main Wikileaks site is up running does not make a great deal of difference to the availability of the documents says The Guardian. The files are now bittorrents and can be downloaded and passed on by anyone who wishes to.

In other news, Wikileaks are suffering even more bad press at the co-founder Julian Assange is facing arrest by Interpol as he is wanted for rape charges.

Not a good week for Wikileaks.

Although not online now, Wikileaks will continue to publish whatever they can find and if they can’t for some reason, we suspect someone else will.