Assange took refuge in Ecuador‘s Londonembassy on June 19. The decision to grant asylum to Assange follows a U.K. Supreme Court ruling in May which authorized Assange’s extradition to Sweden, where he is to face questioning over allegations of sexual assault made by two female former Wikileaks volunteers stemming from mid-2010. Assange has claimed the sex was consensual, and that the accusations are politically motivated.
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Wikileaks may be planning to move its servers offshore, if a Fox News report is correct. And by offshore, we don’t mean out of America … we mean off of land, to a location that would only be subject to maritime law.
A source said, “Then they can keep running WikiLeaks and nobody can touch them. If you get a certain distance away from any land, then you’re dealing with maritime law … They can’t prosecute him under maritime law. He’s safe. He’s not an idiot, he’s actually very smart.”
Looks like WikiLeaks has Bank of America’s PR department working overtime. They’re buying up negative domain names in anticipation of an unconfirmed but hotly rumored release.
According to Domain Name Wire, the US bank has been aggressively registering domain names including its board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names followed by “sucks” and “blows”.
For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com.
The wire report counted hundreds of such domain name registrations on 17 December alone. They were acquired through an intermediary that frequently registers domain names on behalf of large companies, says the report.
The U.S. government has declared war on WikiLeaks.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbstold Fox News last week, “We are stronger than one guy with one website. We should never be afraid of one guy that plopped down $35 and bought a Web address. … We’re not scared of one guy with one keyboard and a laptop.”
So far the “one guy,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has been arrested and denied bail in the U.K. His website has been pummeled by a series of covert and overt attempts by governments and businesses around the world to cut off its oxygen supply, but the efforts have not stopped the information flow.
The US struck its first blow against WikiLeaks after Amazon.com pulled the plug on hosting the whistleblowing website in reaction to heavy political pressure.
The company announced it was cutting WikiLeaks off yesterday only 24 hours after being contacted by the staff of Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate’s committee on homeland security.
WikiLeaks expressed disappointment with Amazon, and insisted it was a breach of freedom of speech as enshrined in the US constitution’s first amendment. The organisation, in a message sent via Twitter, said if Amazon was “so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) says that execution would be an appropriate punishment for Private Bradley Manning in the wake of charges that he helped leak classified military documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Michigan-based radio station WHMI reports on what Rogers had to say on the matter in an interview he conducted with the outlet on Monday: