WikiLeaks hounded off the web

WikiLeaks has disappeared from the internet for third time in a week.

The Guardian said the latest occasion was the “biggest threat to WikiLeaks online presence yet” because the US had effectively “killed” its web address.

Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate’s committee on homeland security, has called for any organisation helping sustain WikiLeaks to “immediately terminate” its relationship with them.

Everydns, a California-based internet hosting provider, said it dropped WikiLeaks to prevent its other 500,000 customers being affected by intense cyber attacks targeted at WikiLeaks.

Previously, WikiLeaks had moved to servers held by Amazon, but the hosts again bailed out, denying that government interference had being the reason for doing so. It said WikiLeaks broke terms of agreement because it did not control the rights to its content.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that these moves were an example of the “privatisation of state censorship” in the US.

“These attacks will not stop our mission, but should be setting off alarm bells about the rule of law in the United States,” he said.

(Source: The Guardian)

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