Amazon have removed the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website from their servers, following increased US governmental pressure after the lastest batch of leaked diplomatic messages from the site.
Though the leaked documents are already being widely distributed via filesharing and bittorrent sites, Amazon pushed ahead, cutting ties with WikiLeaks who have now returned to the Bahnhof ISP in Sweden.
U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman praised Amazon’s move: “I wish that Amazon had taken this action earlier based on WikiLeaks’ previous publication of classified material.
“The company’s decision to cut off WikiLeaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material.”
The WikiLeaks team, obviously, were less chuffed with the decision. They posted their opposition on their Twitter feed:
“WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted,” read the post. “Free speech the land of the free–fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe.
“If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.”
After going down for a short period, WikiLeaks is now up and running again.