The American government can attempt to take Wikileaks offline, but at the end of the day, that won’t stop its mission or their ability to act as a whistleblower. Currently, the site is alive through a Swiss domain.
Julian Assange this morning said the development is an example of the “privatisation of state censorship” in the US and is a “serious problem.”
“These attacks will not stop our mission, but should be setting off alarm bells about the rule of law in the United States,” he warned.
The California-based internet hosting provider that dropped WikiLeaks at 3am GMT on Friday (10PM EST Thursday), Everydns, says it did so to prevent its other 500,000 customers of being affected by the intense cyber attacks targeted at WikiLeaks.
The site this morning said it had “move[d] to Switzerland”, announcing a new domain name – wikileaks.ch, with the Swiss suffix. However, the new address still only points to an IP address, suggesting WikiLeaks has been unable to quickly find a new hosting provider.
The Wikileaks.ch domain name, which only surfaced on Friday morning, is being served by the Swiss Pirate Party. And the routing to it is still being done by everydns.
Amazon, which was hosting the site, and supposedly ended their relationship due to pressure from Sen. Joe Lieberman, responded that the only reason they stopped hosting Wikileaks was because they were violating the terms of service.