Booted from US-based domain, WikiLeaks site finds refuge with Swiss Pirate Party
A US-based domain name provider terminated its relationship with WikiLeaks.org, saying that attacks on the WikiLeaks site were causing problems for other users.
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Amazon denied that its decision was because of government pressure, saying it was instead because the WikiLeaks site violated Amazon.com’s terms of service as it was “clear” that WikiLeaks didn’t own the rights to nor control the classified material.Skip to next paragraph
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“There have been reports that a government inquiry prompted us not to serve WikiLeaks any longer. That is inaccurate,” the company said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
It’s not just the WikiLeaks website that is under fire. Sweden has an arrest warrant out for website founder Julian Assange over allegations of rape, sexual molestation, and unlawful coercion. Mr. Assange’s lawyers have denied the charges, saying the encounters were consensual. International police organization Interpol has issued a "red notice" alert on him to all 188 member countries.
It is possible that the US already has an indictment out for Assange, potentially for espionage, but a judge could order it kept sealed until he is apprehended by the US to prevent him from going further into hiding, The Christian Science Monitor has reported.
Assange is said to be hiding in Britain, the Monitor reported Thursday.
In an October profile in The New York Times, Assange described how he lives on the run, dying his hair and checking into hotels under false names. “When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like,” he told the Times.