Sunday, February 24, 2008

US Judge Orders Whistle-blower Site Offline.

WikiLeaks.org, the transparency website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents, "uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis" has been taken offline in the US and is unavailable due to a restraining order issued by the California Northern District Court in San Francisco. The largest Swiss bank specializing in hiding the assets of the bank Julius Baer (the parent company of the accused Cayman bank) filed federal US proceedings against the transparency group WikiLeaks.

The Presiding Judge Jeffrey S. White ordered a permanent injunction against WikiLeaks - or the web host, Dynadot - as the owner of the site is outside US legal jurisdiction, at first, but then reconsidered if it refrained from posting actual documents.

The Whistle blower site vows to defy court order.

Additional info:

WikiLeaks discussion blog discusses the ethical and technical issues surrounding the WikiLeaks.org project which claims to be the "uncensorable" version of WikiPedia, for "mass document leaking" and whistleblowing."

US Judge Arranges Summary Execution of WikiLeaks.org

Julius Baer vs. WikiLeaks


The Citizen Media Law Project comments.

2 comments:

Anonymous,  00:11  

Interesting post.

Thanks!

Miself,  08:46  

I don't think the guy who runs this site is about to back down anytime soon. The US Judge can issue as many orders as he wants but since the owner is not under his jurisdiction what's to stop him from hosting his site somewhere else?

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