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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon 528

dakameleon writes "Wikileaks has been booted from its Amazon hosting, and has now shifted to being hosted in Europe. Senator Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a statement, 'This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the WikiLeaks website,' which raises the question whether this was requested by the government. Senator Lieberman said Amazon's decision to cut off WikiLeaks 'is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material.'"
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:09AM (#34415904)

    From Lieberman's wikipedia page,

    "On June 19, 2010, Lieberman introduced a bill called "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010",[75] which he co-wrote with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE). If signed into law, this controversial bill, which the American media dubbed the "Kill switch bill", would grant the President emergency powers over the Internet. However, all three co-authors of the bill issued a statement claiming that instead, the bill "[narrowed] existing broad Presidential authority to take over telecommunications networks".[76]"

  • Gitmo still needed? (Score:5, Informative)

    by rastos1 ( 601318 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:09AM (#34415906)
    There are people that do not follow the current events around wikileaks because they consider it un-interesting. They should []:

    "We are also investigating whether the prosecutor's application to have Mr Assange held incommunicado without access to lawyers, visitors or other prisoners - again a unique request - is in any way linked to this matter and the recent, rather bellicose US statements of an intention to prosecute Mr Assange."

    Emphasis mine.

  • Re:Right then (Score:4, Informative)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:24AM (#34416012) Homepage Journal

    I know that I was planning to spend money there this Christmas. Indeed I am currently returning something which arrived from Amazon damaged/defective, and now I will simply collect my refund and look for the replacement elsewhere.

    I doubt they were given much choice, but they chose to bend over instead of appealing to their customer base. Even so it's probably the correct decision if not the right one.

  • typo (Score:4, Informative)

    by chrb ( 1083577 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:24AM (#34416014)

    Correct link: MI6 operatives list [].

  • More probably... (Score:5, Informative)

    by denzacar ( 181829 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:25AM (#34416020) Journal

    ... they were taken down for violating Amazon's "Acceptable Use Policy": []

    No Illegal, Harmful, or Offensive Use or Content

    You may not use the Services or AWS Site for any illegal, harmful or offensive use, or to transmit, store, display, distribute or otherwise make available content that is illegal, harmful, or offensive. Prohibited activities or content include:

            * Illegal Activities. Any illegal activities, including advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available gambling sites or services or disseminating, promoting or facilitating child pornography.
            * Harmful or Fraudulent Activities. Activities that may be harmful to our users, operations, or reputation, including offering or disseminating fraudulent goods, services, schemes, or promotions (e.g., make-money-fast schemes, ponzi and pyramid schemes, phishing, or pharming), or engaging in other deceptive practices.
            * Infringing Content. Content that infringes or misappropriates the intellectual property or proprietary rights of others.
            * Offensive Content. Content that is defamatory, obscene, abusive, invasive of privacy, or otherwise objectionable, including content that constitutes child pornography, relates to bestiality, or depicts non-consensual sex acts.
            * Harmful Content. Content or other computer technology that may damage, interfere with, surreptitiously intercept, or expropriate any system, program, or data, including viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, or cancelbots.

    All attributes marked above could be argued by any of the parties affected by the leaks.

    My favorite is "being offensive".
    Fuck. I could demand 90% of the Internet to be turned off permanently on account of that alone.
    You see, I'm very easily offended by a wide variety of things.

    And don't you get me started on otherwise objectionable. Cause... Oh boy...

  • by David Gerard ( 12369 ) <slashdot.davidgerard@co@uk> on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:32AM (#34416094) Homepage

    "Both of those things [i]require secrecy[/i]. Both of those things [i]require confidential communication[/i]."

    I can tell you've been cutting and pasting this text by the incorrect markup syntax.

  • Re:Hypocrites (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dodgy G33za ( 1669772 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:47AM (#34416230)
    Roll back pre 9-11 and they were quite happy for Noraid to raise funds in the US Irish community to help fund the bombing campaigns of the IRA. Hypocrisy has never been a problem in the US of A. Only have to look at the one eyed Israeli policy to see that.
  • Re:Hypocrites (Score:5, Informative)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Thursday December 02, 2010 @10:00AM (#34416394) Homepage Journal

    We straight gave OBL the money he used for 9/11, in the name of eliminating Heroin production. Anyone who still doesn't understand what's going on here is beyond help and you should consider them to be nothing more than NPCs... mobs if you will.

  • by Anon-Admin ( 443764 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @10:01AM (#34416408) Journal

    I can not believe people rate the above statement so high.

    "Freedom of speech protects us from infringement from the government, not other people or corporations."

    Freedom of speech is FUCKING FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I dont know about you but my Freedom of speech is given to me by my creator.

    The protection is the first amendment to the constitution states

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    However, the 10th amendment states

    "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

    Tell me, where do I give up my sovereign rights to a corporation or you or any other want to be dictator?

    My "Freedom of Speech" if Mine, given by my creator, to use as I see fit! If you dont like it you can try to take it from me. Then again I also have a right to use guns and to shoot your ass for trying.

  • by 1sockchuck ( 826398 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @10:41AM (#34416872) Homepage
    Netcraft has been tracking the shifts in Wikileaks' infrastructure, and notes today [] that one of its post-Amazon hosts is Swedish ISP Bahnhof Internet, which operates the "James Bond Villain" data center [] housed in a nuke-proof bunker 100 feet beneath Stockholm.
  • by peter303 ( 12292 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @11:48AM (#34417824)
    NPR radio had a piece on this yesterday. Primary acquirers of information violating the espionage law have been successfully prosecuted. Re-distributed have been unsuccessfully prosecuted. May require a Supreme Court decision eventually.

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