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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 foolsgambit11 on 12/7/2010 4:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
He may not be a US Citizen, but the principles on which the United States was founded are inherently the rights of all, not just Americans. This is best stated in Jefferson's immortal words from the Declaration of Independence:
quote:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
So while the US Government may not have an obligation to ensure these rights for non-Americans, it would be against its founding principles to actively infringe on anyone's fundamental human rights.


RE: I'm conflicted...
By jonmcc33 on 12/7/2010 6:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
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He may not be a US Citizen, but the principles on which the United States was founded are inherently the rights of all, not just Americans.


Wrong. If you want American rights then you become American. They clearly do not apply to any other country in the world.


RE: I'm conflicted...
By Starcub on 12/8/2010 11:10:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Wrong. If you want American rights then you become American.

Whoosh!


RE: I'm conflicted...
By Reclaimer77 on 12/7/2010 8:02:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
He may not be a US Citizen, but the principles on which the United States was founded are inherently the rights of all, not just Americans.


Be careful, some would say that smacks of Imperialism. Forcing our Constitution and way of life on everyone regardless of weather they agree or want it.

A fair bit of the Constitution and Amendments deals with citizenship. So you aren't even close, no offense.

Our rights are indeed for all. All who wish to come here and become a citizen.


RE: I'm conflicted...
By Targon on 12/8/2010 3:42:42 AM , Rating: 2
There is a key concept that many people just don't seem to grasp. Just because the IDEALS should promote these concepts does not mean that the entire world is PROTECTED by these concepts. This means that a non-citizen is NOT protected by our laws, but US citizens are still required to follow them.

In short, those from other countries do not have the rights of citizens, but they can report illegal activities and expect illegal activities(under US law) by US citizens to be punished. This means that in theory, non-citizens do not have the right to start lawsuits under US law for a "crime", but they can expect any wrongdoing to be punished.


RE: I'm conflicted...
By Lugaidster on 12/8/2010 9:52:15 AM , Rating: 1
According to your logic then if a tourist kills another tourist while being in the United States, it won't matter?


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