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US Federal Judge Takes Wikileaks.org Down
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Posted on 02/19/2008 11:55:22 AM PST by Nachum

A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.

Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.

The case was brought by a Swiss bank after “several hundred” documents were posted about its offshore activities.

Other versions of the pages, hosted in countries such as Belgium and India, can still be accessed.

Wikileaks, in case you’ve never heard of it, has been gaining profile as the place to put information that someone is trying to keep under cover:

The site was founded in 2006 by dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

It so far claims to have published more than 1.2 million documents.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: offline; site; taken; whistleblower; wikileaks
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1 posted on 02/19/2008 11:55:24 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum; Nailbiter
They claim that they can continue regardless of attempts to censor them. I don't know that I have an opinion; seems pretty balzy of them It's http://88.80.13.160/wiki/Wikileaks available here, at least for now.
2 posted on 02/19/2008 11:59:24 AM PST by IncPen (Elect Barack and it's an Obama-Nation !!)
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To: IncPen

Well - what the judge had the authority to do was to cut off the DNS service. The IP address still exists, and the servers are still up. The judge doesn’t have the authority to touch the servers that the data sits on since they are outside the US.


3 posted on 02/19/2008 12:00:54 PM PST by fremont_steve (Milpitas - a great place to be FROM!)
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To: Nachum
The title you created

"Website allowing whistle-blowers to anonymously post gov. and corp. doc's taken offline in US"

did not line up with the linked source. It had to be changed to match the published title at the source. Please do not alter any titles. Just use the title above the article.

Thanks.

4 posted on 02/19/2008 12:02:35 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Nachum

Geeeez- Do you think they could post the documents that Sandy Berger took???


5 posted on 02/19/2008 12:08:28 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: IncPen
They claim that they can continue regardless of attempts to censor them.

If piratebay can do it, so can they.

6 posted on 02/19/2008 12:11:10 PM PST by Petronski (I didn't leave the GOP. The GOP left me.)
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To: fremont_steve

I didn’t know US judges had a vested interest in swiss money laundering.


7 posted on 02/19/2008 12:18:11 PM PST by omega4179 (Democrats would rather rule in hell than serve America!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Sorry. It did not fit. That is the only reason why I condensed it.


8 posted on 02/19/2008 12:24:57 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
It really was an example of poor judicial behavior. Exparte motion with minimal justification. Its effect is just limited to the DNS registrar, though the Verisign as the root manager could easily overcome it as well.

For now there are many ways to get around it and the court looks like a third world donkey. Way to go Judge!

9 posted on 02/19/2008 12:26:52 PM PST by Starwolf
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To: Nachum
Sorry. It did not fit.

If I had a nickle for every time I had to say THAT to some pretty little thing on a Saturday night.....................

 

I'd have 10 cents!

10 posted on 02/19/2008 12:27:43 PM PST by Lazamataz (Why isnít this in Breaking News????)
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To: IncPen

Seems like the process was a bit underhanded, if the Wikileak site narrative is accurate in its chronology. Looks like a bit of judicial bullying, IMO. Still not a problem, though, as the foreign sites are still up and running, and the IP addy works, as one would expect.


11 posted on 02/19/2008 12:34:18 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion)
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To: Nachum
It always amazes me how people can suggest that you should be able to leak anything about any group, nation, or person and be able to do so anonymously, and have people laud them for being noble.

The demand absolute privacy for people that leak things that are very possibly not even based in fact, but at the same time they demand that their sources and those that discuss things must be kept completely secret regardless of if they intentionally work to harm others through lies or though disclosing things that no one else has a legitimate right to know.

There are leaks about individuals on that site. There are leaks about our military's rules of engagement. There are national security issues that if true could put our people at risk on that site.

These aren't people supporting civil liberties. These are people who are attacking civil liberties and wanting to do so under a veil of secrecy.

12 posted on 02/19/2008 12:36:44 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: Nachum

These are the same folks who published the supposed Rules of Engagment (for US Military in Iraq) that were/are still classified.


13 posted on 02/19/2008 12:40:29 PM PST by brothers4thID (Fred Thompson for President!)
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To: brothers4thID

Yep, same people.


14 posted on 02/19/2008 12:48:54 PM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: untrained skeptic

Agreed, there is nothing “noble” about releasing information that might be classified. It’s a dangerous, and perhaps deadly game that people are being led into by this.

Certainly there are things we’d all love to see “released” eventually, for our own edification and perhaps even vindication... but to do so at the price of destruction of the US government certainly (and most of our allies) is nothing more than another Liberal movement in THIS country - not to mention many other countries.


15 posted on 02/19/2008 12:51:34 PM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: untrained skeptic

You’re correct.


16 posted on 02/19/2008 12:54:30 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Nachum

DON’T VISIT THE URL POST ABOVE, IF YOU DID, YOU NEED TO DISCONNECT FROM THE INTERNET AND GO OFF-GRID, YOU MUST NEVER RETURN, YOU HAVE BEEN MARKED.


17 posted on 02/19/2008 12:58:18 PM PST by Scythian
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To: Lazamataz

18 posted on 02/19/2008 1:00:11 PM PST by RabidBartender
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To: fremont_steve

88.80.13.160 is from Sweden(SE) in region Europe

TraceRoute to 88.80.13.160 [a13-160-n20.cust.prq.se]
Hop (ms) (ms) (ms) IP Address Host name
1 5 0 0 66.98.244.1 gphou-66-98-244-1.ev1servers.net
2 0 0 0 66.98.241.13 gphou-66-98-241-13.ev1servers.net
3 0 0 0 66.98.240.12 gphou-66-98-240-12.ev1servers.net
4 1 1 1 129.250.11.129 ge-1-11.r03.hstntx01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net
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7 6 9 8 129.250.2.59 ae-0.r21.dllstx09.us.bb.gin.ntt.net
8 7 6 13 154.54.11.193 te3-4.mpd01.dfw03.atlas.cogentco.com
9 8 9 9 154.54.6.65 te2-4.mpd01.dfw01.atlas.cogentco.com
10 18 21 16 154.54.5.126 te8-2.mpd01.mci01.atlas.cogentco.com
11 54 51 49 154.54.7.82 te3-3.mpd01.bos01.atlas.cogentco.com
12 142 142 144 66.28.4.202 te8-3.mpd03.jfk02.atlas.cogentco.com
13 145 144 144 154.54.7.45 te3-1.mpd02.par01.atlas.cogentco.com
14 144 144 142 130.117.2.82 te4-1.mpd01.par02.atlas.cogentco.com
15 142 142 150 130.117.0.221 te2-1.mpd02.fra03.atlas.cogentco.com
16 142 145 142 130.117.2.141 te2-1.ccr01.ams03.atlas.cogentco.com
17 142 142 142 130.117.3.86 te1-3.ccr01.dus01.atlas.cogentco.com
18 204 200 208 130.117.3.129 te2-1.ccr01.ham01.atlas.cogentco.com
19 150 147 150 130.117.2.150 te1-1.ccr01.cph01.atlas.cogentco.com
20 160 160 163 130.117.0.50 te1-1.ccr01.sto01.atlas.cogentco.com
21 343 160 160 149.6.168.10 dcs-data-com.demarc.cogentco.com
22 158 160 157 217.78.35.6 ge2.cr0.sth3.prqinet.net
23 160 158 158 88.80.5.3 ge0.tr0.sth3.prqinet.net
24 Timed out Timed out Timed out -
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How do you like that for censorship?


19 posted on 02/19/2008 1:01:45 PM PST by willyd (Tickets, fines, fees, permits and inspections are synonyms for taxes)
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To: willyd
Whistle Blowing Wiki Site Mysteriously Unresponsive

Whistle Blowing Wiki Site Mysteriously Unresponsive
20 posted on 02/19/2008 1:03:56 PM PST by willyd (Tickets, fines, fees, permits and inspections are synonyms for taxes)
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