Wikileaks.org down after U.S. firm ousts controversial site

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As of this writing (7:30 a.m.), Wikileaks.org is down again. EveryDNS.net, a U.S.-based domain name routing service, has cut service to Wikileaks, claiming it breached its terms of service. Yesterday, the site’s hosting company, Amazon.com, made a similar move, ousting Wikileaks from its storage servers. Wikileaks announced on Twitter that its site can now be seen at wikileaks.ch (a Swiss domain) and http://88.80.13.160.

“Wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks,” EveryDNS.net said on its website. “These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other websites.”

For its part, the domain service has every right to eliminate its free service to a website if that site is causing harm to its infrastructure. EveryDNS.net claims that it gave WikiLeaks 24 hours of notice at 10 p.m. Dec. 1, 2010 via email. It also sent notices on Twitter, and in the chatroom on the WikiLeaks website. Any “downtime of the wikileaks.org website has resulted from its failure to use another hosted DNS service provider,” it said on its homepage.

There are thousands of other companies that can provide DNS domain services to Wikileaks, as evidenced by its new Swiss domain. However, both Amazon and EveryDNS.net have cut ties with Wikileaks after calls from Sen. Joe Lieberman for all U.S. companies to cease doing business with the controversial site, which has come under fire since it began releasing 251,287 leaked U.S. State Dept. emails. Rhetoric from many conservatives has been extremely heated, with some calling for the execution of WikiLeaks Founder, Julian Assange. The Obama Administration, though unhappy, has been more tempered in its response to the released documents.

Julian Assange live Q&A

In recent months, Julian Assange has placed himself in the spotlight as much as his own website. Even the website now prominently boasts his picture, and those hoping to support the project must donate to the “Julian Assange Defence Fund.” He has been charged for a variety of WikiLeaks-related activities, as well as rape. He is fighting all charges.

The Guardian will have a live Q&A with Assange at 1 p.m. GMT (8 a.m. EST), subject to his ability to obtain an Internet connection.

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