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Wikileaks has lost its domain name and is now only reachable by direct IP. It has lost virtually all its primary sources of funding.

An hacker activist has helped make Wikileaks difficult to reach, even before the recent domain name takedown.  (Source: Vimeo)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in England on supposedly unrelated charges.  (Source: AP Photo)
Site's options continue to shrink

Wikileaks aired hundreds of thousands of classified documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that were stolen from the U.S Military, and shared 250,000 stolen classified U.S. State Department cables with The New York Times and other news organizations worldwide. The website certainly irritated the governments of U.S., China, Britain and many other organizations worldwide.  They moved to cut off the site's funding, first convincing Amazon to throw it off its hosting platform, then working with Paypal to sever its primary source of funding.  

But when 
Wikileaks yesterday published a list of top targets to hurt U.S. national security, the site seemingly sealed its own fate.  Its Swiss bank account was closed, and Wikileaks reportedly lost the money in it (the bank contended that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lied in the paperwork, saying he resided in Switzerland, which he does not).

Now the DNS Company, the web listing organization which provided 
Wikileaks with the right to use the domain name "wikileaks.org", has terminated its affiliation with the site.  That means that attempts to reach the site by domain name no longer succeed.

The site also lost another hosting service -- EveryDNS.net -- and has jumped to a mix of Swiss and French hosting at the present.  But France's government is already moving to ban the site from its nations servers.

Meanwhile the site is under a distributed denial of service attack from a "hacktivist" who goes by the moniker The Jester – or "th3 j35t3r".  On his Twitter feed, The Jester writes, "TANGO DOWN - for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations."

An earlier attack exceeded a modest 2-4 Gbps, but a Tuesday attack was even more potent, reaching a mean 10 Gbps.

About the only way to get to Wikileaks these days is via a Google search, which comes up with its direct IP address, which is occasionally reachable, depending on the current volume of fake service requests.

Facing the possibility of his masterwork being taken offline and complete loss of funding,
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange surrendered to authorities in Britain on Swedish rape charges unrelated to the recent leaks.  He has warned his followers that if anything happens to him while he is imprisoned, that a secret key will be released which will unlock a distributed archived file containing all the site's unreleased secrets.

One of Mr. Assange's accusers in the Swedish sex crimes trial coincidentally has ties to the CIA.  Mr. Assange was denied bail, as he is to be extradited to Sweden for questioning on outstanding allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion.  When asked if he understood the ruling, he commented, "I understand that and I do not consent."

Apparently the matter was not left up to his determination.



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We Must Trust The Government
By sh3rules on 12/7/2010 11:06:50 AM , Rating: -1
They know what's better for us, so if they decide to classify documents then they must be right. Anyone who disagrees with me is a traitor.

End of story.




RE: We Must Trust The Government
By smackababy on 12/7/2010 11:14:45 AM , Rating: 2
I know right! Because locations, names of undercover agents, and sensitive material should be available for everyone to view. Who cares about the endangerment of people who might work for said evil government, or even just live in said country where evil government resides...


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By xrodney on 12/7/2010 11:33:34 AM , Rating: 2
As far as I know in all previously released documents, names were removed.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By bug77 on 12/7/2010 11:53:08 AM , Rating: 2
True. For instance look at the following sentence: "The American ambassador to Afghanistan, mr. [CENSORED] said this and that." No way you can identify the person.

Of course, the above is just a simplistic example. Just to show that removing names is not foolproof.


By Wiggy Mcshades on 12/7/2010 8:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
unfortunately even without names it would be pretty easy to figure out who said what because it still states the position the person occupies and unfortunately those lists are not long enough to rule out doing some guess work.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By Flunk on 12/7/2010 11:17:06 AM , Rating: 5
That's a very glib interpretation of this situation. Most of the information Wikileaks has released, particularly recently. Isn't useful to the people at all, it's mostly just a list of poorly defended infrastructure targets.

Free speech is fantastic, choosing to use it for seditious means is treasonous.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By kerpwnt on 12/7/2010 1:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
There's that word again. For those that don't know, wikileaks is not American and thus can not commit treason against America. Shouting treason every time the words 'wikileaks' or 'Assange' come up is misguided and wreckless.

Sorry about the rant, but it really bugs me.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By surt on 12/7/2010 3:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, only about 10% of posts seem to correctly label it espionage.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By Cerin218 on 12/7/2010 5:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
It's not theft, it's copy right infringement.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By rcc on 12/7/2010 6:43:46 PM , Rating: 2
Pirate!@!!!


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By xkrakenx on 12/7/2010 11:34:44 AM , Rating: 2
'They' just dont want 'You' to read them. because the conspiracy is centered on you and your little tinfoil hat. Cant have you knowing whats up.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By torpor on 12/7/2010 2:32:11 PM , Rating: 2
The cables published by Wikileaks and leaked by the traitor Bradley Manning are not, in any way, a description of "what's going on". They are a one-sided perspective of whatever the individual message concerns itself with.

Could you characterize a healthy relationship as one where one side is completely, totally truthful and exposed, and the other side keeps every secret? This is what this "leak" has turned the global political scene into. Every contry with a relation to the US - and that is practically all of them - now has a lopsided relationship.

As you would expect in the personal relationship, having one completely exposed and one not exposed at all, can only lead to trouble.

Assange did not commit treason against the USA; as has been sufficiently shown, he cannot.

Assange (and through him, Bradley Manning) has committed a crime against world peace.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By FITCamaro on 12/7/2010 12:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'm assuming you're joking. Because otherwise you're a moron.

That's not to say classified documents are not classified for a reason. But one is right to be skeptical of the government. However breaking the law and publicly releasing information that IS harmful to the interests of the nation to satisfy and prove your skepticism is not right either.

I think a lot of politicians lie about a lot of things. But that doesn't make it right if I were to hack into their computers to prove myself right.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By kerpwnt on 12/7/2010 2:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree that the latest list of 'easy targets' is a horrible idea that provides no benefit to humanity. I don't think wikileaks has been doing a good job lately and they are probably releasing some of the information only to irritate/damage the US government. That said, I'm sure the US government would say that all of the leaked documents are "harmful" because they are secrets and/or embarrassing. Who gets to determine if information is harmful or not? I can only imagine how hard it would be to walk that line.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By Goatjoe on 12/9/2010 1:35:22 AM , Rating: 2
But publishing documents that are given to you is valid grounds for treason, er - espinoge? Wikileaks are provided these documents via a 3rd party as well - like the New York Times. Where is the fallout on them? Are they traitors? I think not.

This is a litmus test for our new world, a always connected world where news and information is spread in seconds. Myself, for one, would like to know why we are in Afganistan for 9+ years, and how "geo-politics" are affecting my country. Honestly, the decisions of the few, are affecting the many. These documents are a window on what is really going on in the world - and how the US views other governments. Why do we do we make the decisions we do? These documents will help show us. In my eyes, that is democracy. As a citizen, we need to know why we are involved in other nations issues. Granted, alot of the released documents are based on a diplomat's perception of the situation - it still is some insight that person may have that we are not aware of. This information, taken with a grain of salt, only helps the public complete the picture of what may really be going on in the world.

Wikileaks, or Assange did not hack into anything, they are just acting on what was provided to them. Espionage? I think not. Good gossip? Of course...

In refrence, lets flash back to WW2-Europe. The US based its involvement in that on the "Zimmerman Note" that was intercepted by the US. We were not involved until that came to light. If our government is doing anything that is the equal to that letter, we need to be held responsible. These leaked "cables" are a window into what the US is doing across the globe. If we are so moral and correct, the US would have no shame in these being released.

I love my country, but am saddened by its actions as of late. Many people have died in past wars to ensure the very things that are being denied by todays govt.


RE: We Must Trust The Government
By Goatjoe on 12/9/2010 2:12:33 AM , Rating: 2
My bad, the "Zimmerman Note" was WW1. Let the flames commence.


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