Tuesday, December 07, 2010

French internet service provider OVH said it had no plans to end the service it provides to Wikileaks.

"OVH is neither for nor against this site. We neither asked to host this site nor not to host it. Now it's with us, we will fulfil the contract," said OVH managing director Octave Klaba.  "It's neither for the political world nor for OVH to call for or to decide on a site's closure," he added. French industry minister Eric Besson had called for the site to be shut down, saying France could not host internet sites that "violate the confidentiality of diplomatic relations and put in danger people protected by diplomatic secrecy".  But on 6 December, a French judge declined to force OVH to shut Wikileaks down, saying the case needed further argument.

Dr. Joss Wright, a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute thinks it could be too late to legislate Wikileaks offline. And a group called Anonymous has hit sites that have refused to do business with the controversial whistle-blowing site with a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks.

The sites hit include PayPal and the Swiss bank who will not pass on donations to Wikileaks.

IMO: There has been a lot of criticism of Wikileaks by US politicans but, only too obviously, you would expect that. On the face of it Wikileaks on the whole seems to have behaved fairly and lawfully, to the point where its enemies look like the guilty persons. But many otherwise reasonable (but usually US) sites have come out against Wikileaks.

The operation 'Avenge Assange' made a statement
"While we don’t have much of an affiliation with WikiLeaks, we fight for the same reasons. We want transparency and we counter censorship. The attempts to silence WikiLeaks are long strides closer to a world where we can not say what we think and are unable to express our opinions and ideas.

We can not let this happen. This is why our intention is to find out who is responsible for this failed attempt at censorship. This is why we intend to utilize our resources to raise awareness, attack those against and support those who are helping lead our world to freedom and democracy."

IMO: On the face of it their statement sounds honest, fair and well-intentioned. Those in the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, those in the US who opposed Joe McCarthy and so many others, those in Spain who opposed Franco, etc. etc. etc. seem to have told much the same story. But there are various sides to this. We can only hope that the facts willl emerge to public benefit.

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