The U.S. Government, along with other governments around the world became enraged this week when WikiLeaks published 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables from the U.S. State Department on the Wikileaks Web site. WikiLeaks is a Web site that allows whistle-blowers to publish confidential documents designed to incriminate their employer. In this case the documents posted exposed the private conversations between diplomats unveiling secret plans, previously unknown alliances, and covert operations. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton condemned the release of the diplomatic cables, and stated that the US is taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those that stole the information, and to make sure nothing like this happens again.
The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange is in hiding with a last-known location somewhere in the UK. Assange and his colleagues claim to be taking steps to protect themselves from death threats. Assange is also wanted in Sweden to face questioning over alleged sex crimes. It’s only natural to wonder if Assange wasn’t set up in an effort to discredit him. WikiLeaks.org came under heavy attack this week by denial-of-service attacks from multiple sources. In an effort to defend itself from the attacks WikiLeaks extended its number of servers provided by Amazon. Shortly thereafter, Amazon booted Wikileaks off its servers under pressure from the U.S. government. Later that day, the company EveryDNS expelled WikiLeaks from its service invalidating the Wikileaks.org domain. Wikileaks then obtained a new domain at wikileaks.ch utilizing servers in France. The French government is working to expel WikiLeaks from its country as well. Meanwhile PayPal has closed the WikiLeaks account set up to provide WikiLeaks with supporter donations.
Wikileaks maintains its philosophy that its service supports freedom of speech, and encourages more open and honest operations in government and business. With growing pressure against WikiLeaks from governments and businesses, it is unlikely that the company will be able to hold out much longer.
- Where’s WikiLeaks? The “infowar” is on as site hops servers [Ars Technica]
- WikiLeaks founder says guards against death threats [Reuters]
- WikiLeaks Documents Tie China To U.S. Cyberattacks [NewsFactor]
- PayPal suspends WikiLeaks donations account [Reuters]
- Swedish Court Confirms Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder [NYTimes]
- WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Attacks [NYTimes]