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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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RE: I'm conflicted...
By Suntan on 12/7/2010 2:24:06 PM , Rating: -1
quote:
It's absolutely necessary for Public to know this


Absolutely necessary? Come on. Realistically, what are you doing about it now that you know *this* information?

I mean, if it is “absolutely necessary” that this information be known, it must mean that you, and others around you, are changing your lifestyle in some way, right? What *really* are you going to do with this information? Have you even bothered to email your representative and tell him how outraged you are that you read a secret document stating that American troops have done some “meany things” in Somalia? It costs you nothing to do and really is the absolute least effort you could put into this, so did you do it?

No, you haven’t. You haven’t done squat... except complain about America, and generally whine and mope in a web forum. Yeah, sure sounds like information that is “absolutely necessary” for you to know...

This is the problem in general with this notion that *all* information should be known by all the lazy, J6Ps that can’t be bothered (or worse intentionally will not) view it in the broader context. For the most part, *all* countries (save totalitarian states) do good and bad things to try to do what is best for themselves. Sometime it works out, some times it goes badly.

This kind of “reprehensible” stuff has been going on from the day this country was founded (and the day each other country was founded respectively.) Heck this stuff was going rampent when GWB was president and all the lazy arm chair quarterbacks pissed and moaned about it endlessly. Finally, the country elected the polar opposite to GWB in every possible way, and guess what? Same stuff is still going on. Honestly, who’s to blame in that case, we couldn’t possibly find a president to elect that was more different in every facet of being, yet all this stuff goes on with no difference, just like it has for centuries.

Yet all of a sudden, people are outraged because right now they get to read all the gory little tabloid; "he said, she said" details... Sheep.

-Suntan


RE: I'm conflicted...
By Samus on 12/7/2010 4:13:52 PM , Rating: 3
Of all the things leaked, the cables are of the least concern. Those don't neccessarily endanger lives. Releasing classified mainland terrorist targets...do. The nail in the coffin, if you will.


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