Amazon cloud kicks off WikiLeaks following US pressure

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Amazon cloud kicks off WikiLeaks following US pressure

Ian Grant

Amazon threw Wikileaks off its servers at the request of US senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, according to reports.

A Wikileaks Twitter post last night said, "WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted. Free speech the land of the free--fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe."

Amazon agreed to remove Wikileaks' cache of more than 250,000 embarrassing US diplomatic messages, following a request from the senator's office, according to a report in http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/01/wikileaks_disappers_from_amazon_us/ The Register.

The Index on Censorship has revealed correspondence between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the US ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman, in which Assange sought the help of the Americans to avoid publication of information that could endanger individuals.

The legal adviser in the US state department, Harold Hongju Koh, wrote to Assange that, "We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained US Government classified materials."

Meanwhile, blog site Slashdot is reporting that the "hacktivist" that claimed to have organised the denial of service attack on the Wikileaks website has been arrested by local police, rather than federal authorities.

Computer Weekly says: The material released so far does not appear to have endangered lives, merely to have embarrassed the US. Professional diplomats like the former UK ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, and the former UK ambassador to Iran, Sir Richard Dalton do not believe the Wikileaks disclosures will change what diplomats say, but the US, and no doubt other governments, has already moved to strengthen the security that surrounds such messages.


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