WikiLeaks Website Kicked Off Amazon’s Servers

Amazon Kicks Off WikiLeaksPeter Svensson reports on the AP Via MSNBC:

NEW YORK — 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 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 servers had stopped hosting WikiLeaks’ site. The site was unavailable for several hours before it moved back to its previous Swedish host, Bahnhof AB.

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. But that move 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 Twitter messaging service.

“If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books,” WikiLeaks said in another tweet.

Seattle-based Amazon.com would not comment on its relationship with WikiLeaks.

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  • http://twitter.com/kopper Jeff Kopp

    WikiLeaks’ comments are laughable. The US government did not FORCE Amazon.com to dump WikiLeaks, they merely questioned them about their relationship with the site, therefore the First Amendment is not an issue here. The company’s decision to not host the site on their servers is their own decision. Nice try, though, WikiLeaks.

  • http://twitter.com/kopper kopper

    WikiLeaks’ comments are laughable. The US government did not FORCE Amazon.com to dump WikiLeaks, they merely questioned them about their relationship with the site, therefore the First Amendment is not an issue here. The company’s decision to not host the site on their servers is their own decision. Nice try, though, WikiLeaks.

    • Word Eater

      True. Amazon was more worried about its bottom line and its reputation than the 1st amendment.

      Truly, the invisible hand at work.

    • Hadrian999

      depends how you look at it, when a government that claims the right for extrajudicial assassination of noncombatant enemies questions you about links to exposing secrets the situation isn’t free of implied menace.

  • Word Eater

    True. Amazon was more worried about its bottom line and its reputation than the 1st amendment.

    Truly, the invisible hand at work.

  • Hadrian999

    depends how you look at it, when a government that claims the right for extrajudicial assassination of noncombatant enemies questions you about links to exposing secrets the situation isn’t free of implied menace.

  • emperorreagan

    I wouldn’t care that much…if it weren’t for Joe Lieberman taking the opportunity to gloat.

    Next time I hear about Joe Lieberman, I would like it to be Pancreatic cancer gloating that it has beaten him.

  • emperorreagan

    I wouldn’t care that much…if it weren’t for Joe Lieberman taking the opportunity to gloat.

    Next time I hear about Joe Lieberman, I would like it to be Pancreatic cancer gloating that it has beaten him.

  • emperorreagan

    I wouldn’t care that much…if it weren’t for Joe Lieberman taking the opportunity to gloat.

    Next time I hear about Joe Lieberman, I would like it to be Pancreatic cancer gloating that it has beaten him.

  • observer

    You know as a consciously aware being I must say that the majority of human beings break my heart everyday. It’s hard to stay positive with all the ego, delusion, and intentual ignorance in the world.

  • observer

    You know as a consciously aware being I must say that the majority of human beings break my heart everyday. It’s hard to stay positive with all the ego, delusion, and intentual ignorance in the world.

  • Simiantongue

    Funny, I don’t ever recall thinking that any company valued anything like basic human rights like free speech. It’s always been my impression they kind of play along if it doesn’t cost them anything so that it will give people a good impression and they will shop there. But I have never heard of any company that acknowledges things like basic human rights. It just doesn’t calculate into the bottom line.

  • Simiantongue

    Funny, I don’t ever recall thinking that any company valued anything like basic human rights like free speech. It’s always been my impression they kind of play along if it doesn’t cost them anything so that it will give people a good impression and they will shop there. But I have never heard of any company that acknowledges things like basic human rights. It just doesn’t calculate into the bottom line.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    Julian Assange is such a farking narcissist.

    He’s broken innumerable laws and endangered American lives, yet portrays himself as the victim.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    The first amendment does not include the right to distribute classified government documents at will.

  • Evaporate86

    So what,American government is doing that every day.Need examples?

  • Hadrian999

    why are american lives so much more valuable than the lives of people theu are taking in these wars
    people get worked up about the possible loss of lives of military and spook personnel but don’t bat and eye and the hundreds of thousands of civilians who are killed in these wars.

  • Hadrian999

    wow an conservative protective of government power, thats not a paradox or anything

  • Hadrian999

    wow an conservative protective of government power, thats not a paradox or anything

  • rainer
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  • Simiantongue

    Yes the first amendment does include distributing classified government documents. It is the duty of government officials to keep those documents secret not journalists. Assange doesn’t work for the government.

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  • Evaporate86

    So what,American government is doing that every day.Need examples?

  • Hadrian999

    why are american lives so much more valuable than the lives of people theu are taking in these wars
    people get worked up about the possible loss of lives of military and spook personnel but don’t bat and eye and the hundreds of thousands of civilians who are killed in these wars.

  • Hadrian999

    wow an conservative protective of government power, thats not a paradox or anything

  • Simiantongue

    Yes the first amendment does include distributing classified government documents. It is the duty of government officials to keep those documents secret not journalists. Assange doesn’t work for the government.

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