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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 tmouse on 12/8/2010 8:43:30 AM , Rating: 3
Please, you keep using Steve Aftergood as some sort of godlike bastion of moral superiority. He is not nor does he speak for anyone other than himself and SOME of the people of the federation. The OMB memo is not the start of some “slippery slope” it simply states it is a violation of contractual obligations for any government contractor to post or host classified documents on their servers. Whether the information is available elsewhere is totally irrelevant. Classified information is not automatically declassified by its release. It certainly loses its value but it still is classified and as such releasing it still has ramifications (whether it’s worth it to follow through or not is up to the government). Whether they do or not also does not grant automatic rights to break contractual regulations. Just because nature prints a commentary letter does not mean it should have any more weight than a letter to Playboy, Ladies home journal or any other magazine. We are not talking about science here; discussion of wikileaks does NOT in ANY way shape or form limit scientific discussion. For your information there are MANY regulations in government labs that can lead to immediate dismissal for actions many would consider trivial. These rules are in place to protect the mission of the labs and often touch on issues of security, physical safety and integrity of data. You might like to know that viewing porn can even bust tenure in most universities, same for using your affiliation in a way that implies the view could be the universities. Now; no one is stopping them from using their home accounts (on their own time) to view, discuss or post on ANY site. Do it from work and you could download harmful viruses, expose your institute to DOS attacks due to your post ect. Given the trust relationships many terminals have within and without the lab these actions could be very damaging indeed. Again the OMB does not give any specific instructions, this is up to the labs administration and it should stand to reason when at work you may bring your own pail and shovel but you are playing in their sandbox.

NO ONE is stifling ANYONE in the mission of their duties.
SCIENTIFIC discourse is NOT being clamped down on.


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