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Amazon Evicts WikiLeaks

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Posted on Dec 1, 2010
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WikiLeaks’ new hosting company has a seriously cool setup in a former nuclear bunker. Read more about it here.

In addition to selling books, Amazon does a nice side business hosting websites. WikiLeaks was paying for space on Amazon servers this week until the retailer sent the leakers packing. No comment so far from Amazon, but WikiLeaks, now hosted in Sweden, responded with a dig about “the land of the free.”

According to Computer World, WikiLeaks turned to Amazon in order to cope with ongoing denial-of-service attacks meant to shut down the site.  —PZS

Computer World:

WikiLeaks moved to Amazon’s hosting service Monday, apparently as a defensive tactic to avoid or mitigate aggressive denial-of-service (DoS) attacks that took the site offline for several hours that day, and hammered it again yesterday.

According to Craig Labovitz, chief scientist at Arbor Networks, the DoS attacks continued throughout Wednesday morning.

Amazon’s hosting terms of service allow it to yank a site off its service without cause.

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By fearnotruth, December 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

sever knee jerk reactions - http://amzn.to/hmxY8Z - here’s the actual listing

WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies. All cables with
tags from 1 5000 [DOES NOT CONTAIN TEXT OF CABLES] [Kindle Edition]
Heinz Duthel (Author)

1.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
Digital List Price:  £7.37 What’s this? 
Kindle Price:    £7.37 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon
Whispernet

* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.
Available on these devices
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Don’t have a Kindle? Get yours here.

Please note:
This book contains commentary and analysis regarding recent WikiLeaks
disclosures, not the original material disclosed via the WikiLeaks website.

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ergo: analysis,  not the real thing - yet there are claims of Amazon hypocrisy

- and of course, anyone is
free to boycott anything they like

- to be clear (maybe head off some
anticipated name calling) - I’m not supporting or attacking anyone - just trying
to invest a measure of reason

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By Dean Procter, December 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment
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Amazon itself sells wikileaks US diplomatic cables online here
http://amzn.to/hmxY8Z
And yes you can pay by Visa or Mastercard.

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By Litl Bludot, December 3, 2010 at 3:43 am Link to this comment

I sent an email to Amazon from there site (click on “help”, then
“email”) telling them that I would not buy from them and would
organize a boycott until it apologized to wikileaks, and asked
wikileaks to return. My purchases through Amazon was steady but
not a gold mine, but if you people would let them know as you did
here, perhaps,,,,,

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By JohannG, December 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

The U.S. Government put pressure on Amazon to stop
hosting Wikileaks and Amazon complied. A clear case of
Government censorship. Good thing Amazon is not the
only hosting service.

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By tomack, December 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

Done. Deleted. Erased from memory.

Hello library, my old friend.

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By Queenie, December 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

Ahem…...

I just clicked on the picture of a book advertised on this site that I was thinking of buying, “Unmasking Deep Throat” by John Dean. Guess where that little click sent me…..yup, you’re right…AMAZON.

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By Wikileaks for Nobel, December 2, 2010 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

I cancelled my existing orders and closed my account of many years.  Screw those companies that exist only for profit.

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By Question Everything, December 2, 2010 at 5:49 am Link to this comment

I always despised that monopolisitc company anyway. All the mom and pop shops they helped put out of business; they’re the “Wal-Mart” of the internet.

You oppose free speech & free press. Those were supposed to be values. Well the “founders” opposed them too, but what do you want from slave owning racist hypocrites who helped “remove” the “Indians”?

The US said to Iran & China: free up information & communication on the internet. No censorship. Americans hjust think they’re free. The Iranians & Chinese r more understanding of the facts. We’re all their slaves.

Amazon? Go to China like google you supporter of tolitarian values.

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By Amon Drool, December 2, 2010 at 3:33 am Link to this comment

yeah….boycott the bastards

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By miguel, December 2, 2010 at 2:56 am Link to this comment
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i cancelled my account. they are cowards, yes. and i wanna live in the land of the free. not the free market. not an oligachy. i support wikileaks. i support truthdig. i believe nothing in this country was benevolently given by the government or won through voting but won by strugggle.

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By diamond, December 2, 2010 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

I will also never buy a book from these cowardly bastards again. It’s the bookshop from now on.

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By reynolds, December 2, 2010 at 12:15 am Link to this comment

i’ve never liked them, anyway.

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By RR, December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment
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I will not be buying anything from Amazon anymore since it does not appreciate “Freedom of Speech”

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By thebeerdoctor, December 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

Boycott Amazon.com until they see the error of their actions. A withdrawal of money is the only thing they are capable of understanding.

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By Queenie, December 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

I will never buy from them again. Not that I did much anyway.

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