If you like pissing off overly authoritarian government initiatives, then you need to bookmark and use the following Web address.
That's the new Internet home of WikiLeaks, which has been bouncing around the Web this week as the U.S. government and other nations pressure various servers not to host the controversial site.
Originally available at wikileaks.org, an American provider of Internet domain names — EveryDNS.net — withdrew its service to WikiLeaks Thursday. The provider stated it was experiencing multiple attacks by hackers that threatened its entire system.
It's been documented that various governments are trying to knock WikiLeaks off the Internet and block access after it posted nearly 251,000 diplomatic messages last week from U.S. embassies that were surreptitiously obtained.
The messages included one about China launching cyber-attacks against Google due to an access dispute.
After WikiLeaks was kicked off Amazon.com's cloud service, it moved to a French firm, and was accessible at http://wikileaks.ch. But the Reuters News Service reported today that the French government was researching methods to keep companies in that nation from hosting the site. Access through that address has been sporadic.
Now various mirror addresses — including wikileaks.de, wikileaks.fl and wikileaks.nl. — take users to the new site accessible via only an IP address.
This week's Porkopolis column looks at WikiLeaks' various document dumps during the past year, and how they've embarrassed governments around the world.
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' Australian founder, has been in hiding in recent weeks, although he's granted some interviews via Internet hookups and other methods. He was thought to be in the United Kingdom last week, and now might have moved to Germany.
Assange's supporters say the U.S. and other governments are waging a smear campaign against him, trying to harm his credibility and deflect attention from the Web site's revelations.
Last summer Swedish authorities started an investigation against Assange based on complaints alleging he raped one woman and sexually harassed another. Within 24 hours, prosecutors withdrew their arrest warrant, stating the accusations lacked substance.
This week Swedish authorities renewed the arrest warrant. Assange's lawyer says his client is wanted for questioning about allegations he didn't use condoms during consensual sex with two Swedish women.
The lawyer, James D. Caitlin, said in a published report Thursday that “the Swedes are making it up as they go along,” adding the Swedish justice system will become “the laughingstock of the world” due to the charges.
On the Crikey Web site, Caitlin wrote, “Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape.”
In his article, Caitlin named the two women, nothing they boasted about their sexual conquests online after they occurred.
Meanwhile, although the WikiLeaks revelations continue only to get minimum coverage and soundbites in the U.S. (and blocked altogether in China), European media outlets have aggressively covered the material.
WikiLeaks' next target is a major U.S. bank, according to Assange, which is believed to be the Bank of America. Reportedly, he has a large cache of internal documents that will expose the greed and scheming of bank executives.
In coming months, WikiLeaks will focus on the private sector, Assange said, including the financial, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.