WikiLeaks madness update for a Wednesday evening

by Liam Britten

So, what’s happening in the wacky world of WikiLeaks today? Here’s a recap of all the sordid details:

Amazon stops hosting WikiLeaks

After a hacker made a DDOS attack on WikiLeaks’ European servers, Amazon became the host of the controversial website. That’s no longer the case after Senator Joe Lieberman complained to Amazon. From The Globe and Mail:

“I wish that Amazon had taken this action earlier based on WikiLeaks’ previous publication of classified material,” Mr. Lieberman, an independent, said in a statement.

“I call on any other company or organization that is hosting WikiLeaks to immediately terminate its relationship with them,” he added.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said he was unaware of the latest situation on servers, but said, “We have ways and means to bypass any closure of our services.”

The hacker revealed! Sort of!

A hacker has come out on Twitter to claim responsibility for the DDOS attack on WikiLeaks’ servers. The hacker went by the alias th3j35t3r (The Jester, in leet-speak), and claimed he attacked the servers for the good of America. From the CBC:

Referring to WikiLeaks in one posting, he wrote: "TANGO DOWN - for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations."

In the military, "tango down" is standard military jargon indicating a target has been eliminated.

The Jester's online profile describes him as a "hacktivist for good" whose interests include "obstructing the lines of communication for terrorists, sympathizers, fixers, facilitators, oppressive regimes and other general bad guys."

Julian Assange accused of rape

Rape allegations have been reinstated against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder. The charges, which Assange denies, were initially laid against him in the summer, then quickly dropped, stem from an encounter with two Swedish women the same summer.

Assange’s whereabouts are unknown.

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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