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UK readers felt that governments should not ban Wikileaks in order to keep sensitive documents secret. However, readers understood that governments may not wish local providers to host Wikileaks.
A slim majority of US readers said that it was not legitimate to ban Wikileaks, but 76 percent said it was understandable for countries not to want to host Wikileaks.
In Germany, by contrast, 79 percent of ZDNet readers did not agree that it was understandable that countries would not want to host the whistleblower site.
At the beginning of December, Amazon stopped hosting Wikileaks on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). US senator Joe Lieberman said that Amazon had stopped its relationship with Wikileaks after pressure from the US government, a claim that Amazon later denied.
Payments processors also ceased business relationships with Wikileaks. A PayPal executive said in December that PayPal had stopped accepting donations to Wikileaks after pressure from the US government. MasterCard and Visa also stopped processing payments for Wikileaks donations.