Breaking News: WikiLeaks US site killed and moves to Switzerland

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WikiLeaks was killed and forced to move to Switzerland, after its US hosting service had shut down the site after multiple attacks, it was reported in a tweet this writer discovered early Friday morning.

Julian Assange said: “ domain killed by after claimed mass DDOS attacks.”


Hosting site killed WikiLeaks because it was a danger to other sites

A statement on the site said the company removed the WikiLeaks from service at 0300 Friday. “ has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the infrastructure,” from a statement published in the Wall Street Journal.

“As with other users of the network, this service was provided for free. The termination of services was effected pursuant to, and in accordance with, the Acceptable Use Policy,” the statement said.

Amazon denied it was under pressure from the US Government to shut down WikiLeaks, in a statement published in The First Post.

Amazon let WikiLeaks use its servers, but said it had breached standard terms of service, notably in the clause that requires WikiLeaks “owns or controls the rights to the content and will not cause injury to any person or entity. It’s clear that WikiLeaks doesn’t own or otherwise control all the rights to this classified content.”

WikiLeaks move to Switzerland part of Assange’s overall plan

The new location for WikiLeaks is Swiss a Swiss domain in neutral political waters. The site was up and running at  4 a.m. The site is still up and running. This writer saw the page at this location:

Domain number

Photo: Julian Assange

The Swiss WikiLeaks site is owned by the Swiss Pirate Party, a two-year-old organization that campaigns for freedom of information. The Swiss WikiLeaks was registered six months ago, according to the Associated Press.

The WikiLeaks move to Switzerland just another week for Assange
For most people, a week like this would be a very bad week. But for Assange, it is little more than business as usual.

On Monday, he was fired from his job at the Pentagon as IT Coordinator, after previous warnings. As of Tuesday, Assange had lined up a job interview with the CIA, according to The Onion.

* How long do you think before this new site will be under attack? Do you think it will be?

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