WikiLeaks website has been shut down temporarily, after ISP Amazon was issued with a “please explain” by the US Government. Independent Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman apparently put pressure on Amazon to pull the site.
The U.S. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee contacted Amazon “for an explanation” on Tuesday after it learned that Amazon was hosting the site, Lieberman said.
“This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the Wikileaks website. I wish that Amazon had taken this action earlier based on Wikileaks’ previous publication of classified material,” Lieberman said in a statement on Wednesday. “Wikileaks’ illegal, outrageous, and reckless acts have compromised our national security and put lives at risk around the world.”
He said that no “responsible company” should host the material. He also said that he intends to ask Amazon about the extent of its relationship with Wikileaks and about what it will do in the future to make sure that its services are not used to distribute stolen or classified information.
So the censors have won this round, but the world wide web is a very big place. It’s hard to believe that Wikileaks won’t find a new home on another ISP somewhere. In any case, the damage from the latest document dump may already be done.
While we wait for the next instalment of this fascinating saga get a load of this Republican hick from Michigan pushing the idea that Wikileaks and its Australian founder Julian Assange should be declared terrorists.
Imagine what might have happened to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post if Nixon had harpies like this to help him out during Watergate. One thing is for sure, the leaks won’t stop. The longer Wikileaks is off-line the greater the pressure will be. Expect a torrent of new material.