Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

Summary: Amazon Web Services has stopped hosting Wikileaks, according to various reports. The hosting company retains the rights to terminate accounts.

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Amazon Web Services has stopped hosting Wikileaks, according to various reports.

Fox News and Talking Points Memo both quote Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) as saying that Amazon has stopped hosting Wikileaks after staffers from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee asked about its relationship with the company.

We have calls out to confirm with Amazon.

The news shouldn't be all that surprising. For starters, Amazon Web Services has bigger corporate fish to land that could be jeopardize by messing around with Wikileaks. And it certainly doesn't help matters that Amazon Web Services hosts the high-profile Apps.gov.

How did Amazon get pulled into the Wikileaks flap? For starters, Amazon's cloud hosting service is self-serve. You just need a credit card. It's not like Wikileaks called a salesperson who would have freaked out or at least run the contract by a manager.

In any case, Amazon states clearly in its terms of service that it can host you as well as terminate an agreement at will. In the terms of service for Amazon Web Services, it says:

If you use this Site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your AWS account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. AWS reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content in its sole discretion.

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  • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

    It was down for me briefly, and is now working fine again - faster than ever, in fact. Seems the boy with his finger stuck in the dike has ended up not stopping the flow for long....
    SteveCarr
    • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

      @kwickset@... The difference as I see it is that a Traitor does something against the people of his own country to gain advantage for himself. A whistle-blower does something against the Government/Management of a Country/Company to gain advantage for the people without exclusive self-gain or no gain at all. In many cases the whistle-blower may experience retribution hated and physical pain and possibly death as a result of his selfless actions to help the people and expose the truth.
      cobrasixtysix
      • He is a hero

        @cobrasixtysix Now, this is the start of the process where government can be held accountable for their actions( we call them terroristic while a heli shoots at civilian? I do believe i read that that was leaked.
        franklin101
  • the patriotic Americans will boycott wiki-leaks

    because it is an anti American and terrorist organization run by sex molesters.
    In the mean time we can get good and accurate information from Fox News.
    Linux Geek
    • Anyone who seriously challenges the oligarchs

      @Linux Geek ... will wind up being accused of being a sex molester. Ask Eliott Spitzer about that.

      One of the diplomatic cables describes Russia as being a mafia state of oligarchs run by the security services. Lot of that going around.
      HollywoodDog
    • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

      @Linux Geek
      FOX News is a terrorist organization which does nothing but 24/7 propaganda lies. Their #2 owner is actually an Arab who FOX News themselves used to "prove" by association that the NYC Mosque is a terrorist front, so by their own reporting, they are themselves a terrorist front.
      RedVeg
      • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

        @RedVeg actually you are wrong, they never identified him, it was the left wing nut jobs who called fox out on that. I dont disagree with your comment about faux news, because if they did really care about the facts they would have identified him as the contributor AND their part owner.
        nickdangerthirdi@...
      • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

        @RedVeg Fox News is owned by News Corp, a PUBLIC traded company. Murdoch own about 1/3, with Al Walee d bin Talal owning about 7%. Fox is very critical of middleeast, so your comments don't make sense. Please explain with facts.
        slpmep
      • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

        @RedVeg
        Actually nick, they did identify him on a few of their shows; I saw the clips.
        And slpmep, their hypocrisy was one of my points. They slam others for association with some of their biggest backers. There is no news there, only a show for extremists because that is how they make their money; Advertisers love extremists who ignore facts.
        RedVeg
      • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

        @slpmep, the fact being they dont use facts, do you ever watch fox news? you should try verifying their stories once in awhile, if they do use fact, its only half the fact, they leave out the part that negates what they are saying. Im not saying the other agencies are any better, I am just saying they suck too, and when your slogan is fair and balanced, and your parent company donates millions of dollars to republican campaigns and your pundits donate thousands of dollars to republican campaigns you are no longer fair or balanced...
        nickdangerthirdi@...
    • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

      @Linux Geek because it is an anti American (Government)and (Claimed by the Terrorist American Government to be a) terrorist organization run by (Alleged by the Terrorist American Government ) sex molesters.
      In the mean time we (Who's We?) can get good (?)and accurate (?) information (Propaganda) from Fox News. (Good Luck)
      cobrasixtysix
  • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

    Amazon-we know that your firts allegiance is to the assassins of the fbi/cia.
    ----------------------------------------------
    usa- the assassins' nation seeks to divide & conquer all nations and all peoples. Regarding the leaks,
    Well, USA-if you have done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to fear from the T R U T H.
    Be Set Free by admitting to ongoing & insufferable crimes against
    H U M A N I T Y .

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part4-worldinabo.html
    questions!
    GERAL SOSBEE(956)536-3103
    geralsosbee
    • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

      @geralsosbee You might want to sleep with your eyes open.
      sackbut
      • geralsosbee already does

        I picture his bedroom in lines with land-mines and barbed wire, and sleeps with the map for getting out under his pillow next to the AK-47.
        John Zern
    • I could not agree more.

      @geralsosbee I wish you are right about the assassins part, cause I would be upset if Assange is still breathing in 2011...
      Tommy S.
      • How upset are you

        @Tommy S. ... at the million or so innocent Iraqis who are no longer breathing because of the lies of the US government? Not at all, I assume?
        HollywoodDog
      • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

        @Tommy S.
        I'd be upset if he isn't... Why should the US gov. (or any other gov.) be allowed to have secrets anyway... It doesn't seem very democratic... What's that you say Big Brother, we are now at war with our former allies and have always been at war with them...
        KalanStar
      • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

        @Tommy S.
        I'd be upset if he isn't... Why should the US gov. (or any other gov.) be allowed to have secrets anyway... It doesn't seem very democratic... What's that you say Big Brother, we are now at war with our former allies and have always been at war with them...
        KalanStar
    • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

      @geralsosbee
      Every time our government wants to wire-tap us, strip search us at the airport, or come into our homes, they say that if we have done nothing wrong, then we have nothing to fear... I say the same about these leaks.
      RedVeg
      • RE: Amazon Web Services takes down Wikileaks; It's in the terms of service

        u arent getting stripped searched at airports. u r getting molested. big difference. invite me over some day and I will show u the difference on your wife incase u dont see the difference.
        bspurloc