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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 "", 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 -- -- 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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Corporate/Govt powers are flexing their muscles now.
By jabber on 12/7/2010 12:34:58 PM , Rating: 5
I feel the corporate overlords have decided to make some calls and told certain puppet Govts. (i.e. most of them) to make an example of this guy.

Essentially make this guy's life total hell so no one else dare step out of line and upset the global applecart.

The last thing they want is whistleblowing to become a 'positive global phenomenon'. They need to make sure everyone knows their life will be hell if they step out of line.

Also it will help them bring in new censorship laws to curb more forms of dissent and unrest.

In the end it will play into the hands of the corporate overlords.

By jabber on 12/7/2010 3:50:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'm 40, employed and a mortgage holder. I also own a passport and travel.

So I know a little about the world. Seems your summary of me seems more applicable to you.

Corporations are a necessity, they help fulfil our wants and needs. However, their power needs to be curtailed somewhat if we ever wish to believe we live in a truly democratic society.

We elect a government but the unelected corporations dictate what that govt can and cannot do.

By myhipsi on 12/8/2010 10:36:26 AM , Rating: 2
But who's to blame? Corporations for taking advantage of a corruptible government, or a corrupt government that allows corporations to dictate it's policy?

I believe it's the latter.

If government was reduced in size and scope to its basic constitutional role, its corruptibility would be nearly eliminated.

I blame big government for 99% of all that is wrong with capitalism, because it is government (politicians) that allows itself to be lobbied, bribed, financially coerced, and otherwise guided by corporate power.

Corporations (and its shareholders) in their natural motivation for profit are opportunists and will take advantage of a corrupt government in order to increase its profits, eliminate its competition, or otherwise give itself an unfair advantage over its competition.

Big government is the problem, not the corporations.

By jabber on 12/8/2010 12:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
Oh indeed. Corporations are there to make money at all costs.

If all it takes to help them do that, is to pass on through corporate lobbyists, fat brown envelopes of cash to senators and congressmen to get what they want then you cant blame them. But how is it that process has been allowed to develop?

As you say a lot to western Govts (the US especially) need to radically change. They need to throw out a lot of this lobbying from the corporates, shut the door on them.

Look at Obama's health care reform. The most powerful man in the world (supposedly), with at the time a decent level of power to get through his legislation. But by the time the corporations involved had told him what he could and couldnt do, it was watered down to just a glimmer of what he intended. How is that democratic?

Government of the people, by the people, for the people is what we need to get back to.

Not Government of the people, by the corporations, for the corporations.

It's going to take some balls to do it though.

By Solandri on 12/7/2010 2:59:54 PM , Rating: 5
The last thing they want is whistleblowing to become a 'positive global phenomenon'. They need to make sure everyone knows their life will be hell if they step out of line.

Also it will help them bring in new censorship laws to curb more forms of dissent and unrest.

In the end it will play into the hands of the corporate overlords.

You're on the right track. The fundamental problem to wide-scale whistle-blowing is that it's a self-defeating phenomenon.

In general, an entity (person, corporation, government) which keeps secrets is at an advantage over one which does not. When you leak an entity's secrets, that puts them at a competitive disadvantage, and they lose influence (market share, stature, influence, etc). Who gains? Other entities who are better at keeping secrets .

To make whistle-blowing work, you have to walk a fine tightrope between encouraging the leak of bad secrets (stuff that shouldn't be secret), while discouraging the leak of good secrets (stuff that the public is better off if not everyone knows). That way, only corruption is discouraged, meaning that open societies which naturally leak more info are better able to combat corruption, leading to open entities operating more efficiently.

Wikileaks doesn't seem to be making much effort to discriminate between these two types of secrets. As a result, its current MO will tend to put open societies like the U.S. and Western European democracies at a disadvantage compared to closed societies like China.

"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer

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