California court order effectively erases Wikileaks

California court order effectively erases Wikileaks

Summary: In the rapidly escalating story of Wikileaks.org, (here) a California court has ordered the domain registrar, Dynadot, to erase all DNS entries for the domain, effectively erasing a website that hosts millions of documents purportedly "leaked" to the wiki-style site in the name of whistle-blowing on malfeasance.

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In the rapidly escalating story of Wikileaks.org, (here) a California court has ordered the domain registrar, Dynadot, to erase all DNS entries for the domain, effectively erasing a website that hosts millions of documents purportedly "leaked" to the wiki-style site in the name of whistle-blowing on malfeasance. If you click on the above link you will note, however, that the site is not down of course.

And, in the meantime Cryptonome has made available a complete download of the documents that started all of this. Thoughts of Pandora's box and cats escaping from bags leap to mind.

This is an outrageous move by a US court. They have attempted to destroy a website because of a complaint about a particular set of files. I wonder how they justify that? Luckily the Internet is made of a series of tubes and the DNS is only a small part of the plumbing.

Rumors abound of DDoS attacks against Wikileaks.org as well as a fire at their ISP. I am sure we have not heard the last of this.

Update:  Cringely is outraged as well.

Topics: Software Development, Browser, Networking, Telcos

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  • International

    They need to register the site with a non-U.S. registrar not subject to the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.
    Rick_R
  • Aren't judges wonderful?

    I think everyone should have one or two in their pocket (like many large organizations obviously do.)
    MGP2
    • Oh yes! Judges are so wonderful! *sweet*

      LOL!

      Judges are so wonderful who are so illiterate in computer technology and the Internet... :D ]:)
      Grayson Peddie
  • RE: California court order effectively erases Wikileaks

    Yeah, activist "Constitution? You mean that 'living document' I can interpret any way I want?" judges are great -- until they step into *your* sandbox.
    Vesicant
  • Whatever happened to "the land of the free" ??!?

    Could America BE anymore corrupt???
    Scrat
    • It was lost in the Bush

      America, "Land of the Free", went away in 2001 when GW Bush and his administration used the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to declare that the U.S. Constitution was merely a "suggested guideline", not a document containing actual laws protecting the rights of U.S. citizens. The U.S. is now run by an amalgamation of wealthy politicians/dictators and corporations that believe that a more Fascist-style of government would better suit them. If you are not one of the wealthy elite, then I am afraid that you, your so-called Constitutional rights and freedoms, and your well-being simply no longer matter to those running the government. I, too, no longer matter.
      jonnjonnzdnet
      • Earlier than that

        That was just the next in a series of steps. Government has been in corporation pockets for a long, long time.
        rpmyers1
      • It's been lost a lot longer

        jonnyjonnzdnet, you are absolutely right. However, the puppet dictator GW Bush is not the first to trample the Constitution. We've been in a downhill slide toward fascism ever since the people let the government enact the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798. The people of this country have been lax in their duty of protecting the Constitution from domestic threats even before the ink dried on the Bill of Rights. The main difference between now and then is that the enemies of the Constitution have a lot more power now and the defenders of the Constitution are a lot more pacified with their superbowls and decedent TV series. We've allowed the "...private banks to control the issue of [our] money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that [have grown] up around [us], [have deprived] the people of [our] property until [now our] children [have] [awoke] homeless on the continent [our] fathers conquered." - Thomas Jefferson

        There are no laws in America today, only the will of our masters, the money men. It's a sad thing, the people ARE slowly waking up, but I fear it will be too late.

        http://www.needGod.com
        damitche
        • Gee Dumberthanyou Bosh

          (My way of pronouncing G W Bush).

          [i]However, the puppet dictator GW Bush is not the first to trample the Constitution.[/i]

          You're right. He's not the first, but he's probably the worst offender. His philogphy? Who needs toilet tissue when you've got this here Bill O' Rights?
          MGP2
          • Judge activism; it started with the Democrats.

            Judge activism started with the Democrat party when they discovered liberal judges and "legislation from the bench" was ever more successful in expanding "rights" at the expense of "responsibility" and getting enacted radical society experiments that could never be passed around conservative and moderate legislators of either party. It worked beyond their fondest dreams and now that Republicans have discovered that the Courts can be bent toward their pursuasion, you complain. Strict Constitutional interpretation impeded a few agendas and was declared quaint and pasee. Pandora is out of the box and nobody is safe, both parties now use it and will continue to.
            jpratchios9