Sen. Joe Lieberman Convinces Amazon to Dump Wikileaks
December 2, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—If nothing else, Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks crew covets high drama. Yesterday, after yet another cyber attack bumped WikiLeaks offline, the whistleblower group switched its servers to Amazon.com. But after receiving pressure from Sen. Joe Liebermann (I-CT), Amazon quickly gave WikiLeaks the boot. The group’s “Cablegate” website is now back online using servers from Sweden.
The Guardian reported on the so-called row. Everything in England is a “row” of some sort, apparently.
“The company announced it was cutting WikiLeaks off yesterday only 24 hours after being contacted by the staff of Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate’s committee on homeland security.”
“WikiLeaks expressed disappointment with Amazon, and insisted it was a breach of freedom of speech as enshrined in the US constitution’s first amendment. The organisation, in a message sent via Twitter, said if Amazon was “so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.”‘
Although the First Amendment doesn’t come into play, because Amazon is a private company, some groups have called Amazon’s move censorship.
“Although there are echoes of the censorship row between Google and China earlier this year, constitutional lawyers insisted it was not a first amendment issue because Amazon is a private company, free to make its own decisions.”
WikiLeaks remained defiant, keeping up a constant Twitter stream on the controversy.
“WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted. Free speech the land of the free–fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe,” the organization said Wednesday in a posting on the Twitter messaging service, said Assange yesterday on WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Julian Assange/New Media Days/Creative Commons Attribution.