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German Wikileaks Suspension Not Related To Police Raid 70

Posted by Soulskill
from the well-that's-much-less-outrageous dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Contrary to what we discussed four days ago, Germany's registration authority, DeNIC, did not suspend access to wikileaks.de. After some investigation, Heise found out that the ISP ended the contract (in German, Babelfish translation) with Theodor Reppe back in December 2008, with the mandatory three-month notice giving him enough time to move wikileaks.de elsewhere — which he did not do. At the end of March, the domain wikileaks.de was released back to DeNIC."
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German Wikileaks Suspension Not Related To Police Raid

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  • Journalism (Score:5, Insightful)

    by QuantumG (50515) * <qg@biodome.org> on Tuesday April 14, 2009 @12:17AM (#27566437) Homepage Journal

    This is it, at its finest.

  • by twostix (1277166) on Tuesday April 14, 2009 @02:15AM (#27566933)

    Hanlon's Razor sounds like it should be renamed to "The GWB Principle"

    Heading up an administration that achieved every goal that the top level members of had publicly advocated for over and over for a decade is incompetence?

    Reopened war and regime change in Iraq? Check.
    Hobbling the US federal government by drowning it in debt? Check.
    Funneling astronomical amounts of public cash into their personal associates Corporations and by extension their own bank accounts? Check.
    And to top it off, in the last months of presidency, presiding over the greatest plundering of a treasury in the history of the world...Check.

    Yes, what a bunch of incompetents, incompetently sitting on their mountains of cash, untouchable by any law after having changed the course of history as they saw fit. Exactly as they said in the 1990s that they were going to do once they got back into power.

    I wish I was that incompetent.

  • by cjfs (1253208) on Tuesday April 14, 2009 @03:33AM (#27567235) Homepage Journal

    Hanlon's Razor sounds like it should be renamed to "The GWB Principle"

    Or is it more 'Any sufficiently advanced malice is indistinguishable from incompetence.'

  • by gnasher719 (869701) on Tuesday April 14, 2009 @04:10AM (#27567321)

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity...

    In this case: Don't attribute to someone else's malice that which can be adequately explained by your own stupidity.

  • by KlausBreuer (105581) on Tuesday April 14, 2009 @04:35AM (#27567443) Homepage

    Hmmm... I don't see your point.
    Yes, GWB was the worst president you guys have ever had, but - was his rule incompetent?

    Look at the whole thing from his side. Imagine that he couldn't care less about the blindly obedient, nicely patriotic public. What DID he want?
    Help out his friends by making them stinking rich? Getting himself stinking rich? Worked great, really well, probably quite a bit better than could be expected.

    So... while he appeared to be pretty low-IQ, his whole group made an exceptional amount of money. If you look at the $ per minute earned, it was spectacular.

    No true sign of incompetence, just different work than expected by the gullible public.

  • by kju (327) on Tuesday April 14, 2009 @05:39AM (#27567693)

    You don't need details to transfer a .de-Domain. Earlier this year a system which uses a "Authinfo-Code" for Transfers was introduced, but it is still possible to transfer a .de-Domain without using a Authinfo-Code. The new provider will just request a transfer from the DeNIC member it is using (if the new provider isn't itself a DeNIC member) which will then send it to the DeNIC. The DeNIC in turn will send the request to the "old" DeNIC-Member, which in turn will send it to the Provider (if not the same as the DeNIC-Member) which shall send it to the customer. There is then a deadline of a few days in which the Transfer can be ACKed or NACKed. So the owner of wikileaks.de had plenty of time to start a transfer and was not dependent on any "details" from his prior provider.

    I believe the story stinks. It looks a lot like some guy tried to fuck with the system by attempting to transfer bnd.de, got burned and then was too disorganized to get his stuff transfered to another ISP in time. All the press releases now read a lot like lame excuses, especially given the fact that we were told quite a different story by the owner of wikileaks.de in the first place. After DeNIC and his old ISP stood up, we now get new excuses why it wasn't his fault. I've dealt with webhosting and customers myself a lot and i know this kind of customer. I put quite a few domains into "transit" because of customers who simply did not transfered there domain out despite of numerous requests. Some customers won't get their ass up before the domain is in transit and stops to be working.

  • by CyberPhart (954001) on Tuesday April 14, 2009 @09:25AM (#27569279)
    I'm a bit surprised at Google's response. I would have thought that they'd jump at the chance to rat out foreign citizens to their government. They were SO efficient at doing that when the Chinese thugs were hunting down those pesky dissidents.

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