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Judge Silences Whistle-Blower Site

Posted on Feb 18, 2008
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A California court has ordered, a Web site that allows users to anonymously post documents and allege corruption, to be shut down. A Swiss bank brought the case after someone using the site alleged the firm had facilitated money laundering. Wikileaks says it was “given only hours notice” of the hearing.

The Indian version of the site is still active and can be found here.


The case was brought by lawyers working for the Swiss banking group Julius Baer. It concerned several documents posted on the site which allegedly reveal that the bank was involved with money laundering and tax evasion.

The documents were allegedly posted by Rudolf Elmer, former vice president of the bank’s Cayman Island’s operation.

A spokesperson for Julius Baer said he could not comment on the case because of “pending legal proceedings”.

The BBC understands that Julius Baer asked for the documents to be removed because they could have an impact on a separate legal case ongoing in Switzerland.

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By Maani, March 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

Victory!  The judge has reversed his decision and is re-enabling the website! Cn5rbfI8fVr66Ug&pagewanted=print


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By rudy, February 19, 2008 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter) new adress of wikileaks

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By weather, February 19, 2008 at 3:24 am Link to this comment
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The Swiss swine who got the 11th hour brown bag through to little Hilbilly Clinton as he was collecting his grip and vacating the once ‘white’ house.

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By Michael Duff, February 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment
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I’m wondering if the court actually has the expertise to enforce its order.  Courts order all kinds of things that they could not possibly effectuate without the assistance of some kind of executive power to implement the order.  I teach law and have worked for courts and have a real curiosity as to what would happen if the defendant claimed to suspend the site but then did not by creating some kind of subterfuge (like “went out of business” and then popped up again with a different title.  Frankly, I think technology is going to make it harder and harder to suppress information, even though things may appear a little dark at the moment.

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By Maani, February 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment

And it just keeps getting worse…

Peace.  (ever more distant…)

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By Maani, February 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment


I’m totally with you on this one.  A truly frightening step in the move toward totalitarianism.

Peace.  (?)

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By Alex, February 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment
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This changes nothing, and isn’t scary at all, because the information has hit the net and has been widely distributed.

In fact without this injunction we probably would not have heard about this leak at all.

Not mentioned in that article was a 500 mbps distributed denial of service attack sent at that site around saturday. That would be like ~3000 normal broadband connections attacking (saturating) the server continually and at once. It is unknown who launched it.

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By cyrena, February 18, 2008 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

I never even knew this site existed, which is sort of a shame, now that it’s being forced down.

What’s far more frightening of course, is that a California judge has ordered it closed.

The move toward Totalitarianism just keeps marching on.

Other whistleblower protection laws have recently been compromised as well.

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