Amazon pulls the plug on Wikileaks

Dylan Bushell-Embling
02 Dec 2010
Wikileaks is at the center of a storm over its publication of US military documents, with Amazon removing the site from its servers while Sarah Palin calls for its founder to be hunted a terrorist.
Under pressure from the US government, Amazon has taken down Wikileaks from cloud servers days after the site migrated to its EC2 cloud infrastructure.
In a statement, US Senator Joe Lieberman – the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee – said that Amazon told him they had decided to terminate their relationship with Wikileaks.
His office had sent Amazon a “please explain” notice Tuesday about its hosting of the controversial leaked material.
“I wish that Amazon had taken this action earlier,” he said. “The company's decision to cut off Wikileaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies Wikileaks is using to distribute its illegally-seized material.”
Wikileaks on Sunday published the first batch of over 250,000 leaked cables believed to have been illegally acquired by a US soldier from the worldwide Siprnet US military and government network.
The company drew the ire of the US military last month by publishing documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


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