WikiLeaks website kicked off Amazon's servers

Dec 01, 2010 By PETER SVENSSON , AP Technology Writer

(AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. forced WikiLeaks to stop using the U.S. company's computers to distribute embarrassing State Department communications and other documents, WikiLeaks said Wednesday.

The ouster came after congressional staff had questioned Amazon about its relationship with WikiLeaks, said Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut.

WikiLeaks confirmed it hours after The Associated Press reported that Amazon's had stopped hosting WikiLeaks' site. The site was unavailable for several hours before it moved back to its previous Swedish host, Bahnhof.

WikiLeaks released a trove of sensitive diplomatic documents on Sunday. Just before the release, its website came under an Internet-based attack that made it unavailable for hours at a time.

WikiLeaks reacted by moving the website from computers in Sweden to those of Amazon Web Services. Amazon has vast banks of computers that can be rented on a self-service basis to meet surges in traffic.

But the move also exposed WikiLeaks to legal and political pressure.

"WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted. Free speech the land of the free--fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe," the organization said Wednesday in a posting on the messaging service.

Amazon.com would not comment on its relationship with WikiLeaks.

"The company's decision to cut off Wikileaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies is using to distribute its illegally seized material," Lieberman said in a statement. He added that he would have further questions for Amazon about the affair.

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Burnerjack
2.7 / 5 (7) Dec 01, 2010
Sounds like Amazon isn't interested in being a party to treason or espionage. Free speach is one thing, espionage is quite another.
jwalkeriii
not rated yet Dec 01, 2010
True that.
DickWilhelm
5 / 5 (2) Dec 01, 2010
What a fiasco! At least the person behind the DDoS attack on Wikileaks has been arrested, which was why they were forced to use Amazon's behemoth cloud hosting in the first place (at the peak of the DDoS attack they were getting ~10Gb/s of traffic).

Best of luck to Assange, hide well my friend :/
Skepticus
5 / 5 (1) Dec 01, 2010
Nothing surprising here. China has booted off info and hunt down people that may embarass the State. So does US, and everyone else. Free speech is all PR bullshit for the masses. Leaks are like prostate problems, that no big d#$ks in charge want to admit exist. Welcome to reality, humans!
StarDust21
5 / 5 (1) Dec 02, 2010
sad day for 1st amendment in the US..
TabulaMentis
3 / 5 (2) Dec 02, 2010
What about the Fourth Amendment?
Like the words Physorg member Burnerjack mentioned above, "treason" and "espionage."
'Theft' is another good word to use.
How about 'perversion?' Like that one!
TabulaMentis
not rated yet Dec 03, 2010
@StarDust21

What about the Fifth Amendment as well, though not specific for the Internet Age 220 years after the Bill of Rights was written?

Two hundred and twenty years ago your opinion would have been considered piracy.
croghan26
5 / 5 (2) Dec 09, 2010
What a fiasco! At least the person behind the DDoS attack on Wikileaks has been arrested, which was why they were forced to use Amazon's behemoth cloud hosting in the first place (at the peak of the DDoS attack they were getting ~10Gb/s of traffic).

Best of luck to Assange, hide well my friend :/


Well said, DW - hard to invoke treason against a non-citizen. All he did was include the rest of us in the (estimated) 2,000,000 people that had access to the cables anyway.

That government pressure, not legislation - not establish law - but just a word from a Senator (Lieberman) influenced Amazon to drop WikiLeaks is both shocking and undemocratic.

..... and why was D. Cheney not busted for 'outing' an active CIA agent .... there was a case where someone was put in danger, and is specifically against the law.