A federal judge has shut down the entire site “WikiLeaks” over one single post of over 10,000 and their ISP has complied. This is wrong on several levels. In an effort to help them out, I have two alternate links via IP address and a mirror site that still allow access to the site.
I rather think this is an idiot judge who has his head shoved too far up his ass. But, in the spirit of the Internet, I thought it would be appropriate to help spread the word until the regular site comes on-line. I am certain you will see some anonymous hero hijack the DNS entry and redirect it soon. Until then use the links above.
If you want to read more, here’s a short excerpt from the AP article:
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has set off a free speech tempest after shutting down a U.S. Web site for posting internal documents accusing a Cayman Islands’ bank branch of money laundering and tax evasion schemes. The Bank Julius Baer & Co. said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that a disgruntled executive fired for “misconduct” stole the documents and illegally posted them on http://wikileaks.org. The bank also said a number of the documents have been altered, but it didn’t provide details. The bank, based in Zurich, sued Wikileaks and its San Mateo hosting company Dynadot on Feb. 6, alleging the Web site had posted stolen and confidential financial data.
On Thursday, Dynadot agreed to shut down the site and bar Wikileaks from transferring the domain name to another host. “This is akin to seizing all the copies of the New York Times, locking the doors, and ordering the landlords not to let anyone back in the building,” said Julie Turner, a Palo Alto Internet attorney.
Wikileaks said in a statement that shutting down the entire Web site – instead of narrowly ordering the removal of the disputed materials – amounts to unconstitutional “prior restraint” by the government of an entire publishing organization. “The order is clearly unconstitutional and exceeds its jurisdiction,” Wikileaks spokesman Julian Assange said in the e-mail statement issued from Paris on Monday. “Wikileaks will keep on publishing.”
David Ardia, an Internet speech expert at Harvard Law School, said a court has never before ordered an entire Web site shut down over a document dispute. He said it struck a nerve. “This is a prior restraint in the most extreme fashion,” Ardia said. “This is a judge who doesn’t have a good understanding of the Internet.”