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WikiLeaks whack-a-mole

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Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, said on Friday that the strong attack led by the US at WikiLeaks is an example of the “privatisation of state censorship” and that this is a “serious problem”.

Following increasing political pressure from Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate’s committee on homeland security, Amazon has dropped the site from its being hosted on its servers and days after, has reappeared twice this morning with a Swiss domain as WikiLeaks.ch (which is currently not working) and as WikiLeaks.dd19.de. This initiative to shut down and silence WikiLeaks by international governments raises big questions about censorship.

The campaign to kill WikiLeaks has recently picked up with support from France. WikiLeaks was offline for the third time this week today after US-hosting provider, Everydns pulled its services for the whistle-blowing site. 

The White House is taking measures to squash WikiLeaks as a means of stopping it from gaining a “cult-like support, from idealists to America-bashers, including conspiracy nuts and those for whom using cryptography to outwit authority is an end in itself.” 

Despite all the efforts taken by the international community to silence WikiLeaks,  the whistleblower website keeps surfacing in a new place every few hours after it is ousted from a host.  In effect, with a band of international colleagues in tow, the American-led pursuit of shutting-down WikiLeaks has created a “elusive virtual foe,” one “with many friends but no headquarters to raid or property to seize.”

Here's what the Huffington Post is saying today about Wikileaks.  In a top story, WikiLeaks and the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity, James Moore writes that:

There is a very simple reason why WikiLeaks has sent a furious storm of outrage across the globe and it has very little to do with diplomatic impropriety. It is this: the public is uninformed because of inadequate journalism. Consumers of information have little more to digest than Kim Kardashian's latest paramour or the size of Mark Zuckerberg's jet. The horror over WikiLeaks, which is being expressed mostly by inept diplomats, is disingenuous in the extreme. The consistent claims that lives are being endangered by the information borders on the hilarious. How many lives have been lost to erroneous, yet secret information that led to our invasion of Iraq?

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