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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Judge Orders ISP to Freeze WikiLeaks' Domain Name

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 3:51 PM

By Benjamin Wachs

A San Francisco judge today ordered WikiLeaks, a website where people who know their employers are up to no good can go to say something about it, to shut down. Let's all hang our heads in shame. According to the New York Times:

The case in San Francisco was brought by a Cayman Islands bank, Julius Baer Bank and Trust. In court papers, the bank claimed that “a disgruntled ex-employee who has engaged in a harassment and terror campaign” provided stolen documents to Wikileaks in violation of a confidentiality agreement and banking laws. According to Wikileaks, “the documents allegedly reveal secret Julius Baer trust structures used for asset hiding, money laundering and tax evasion.”

The good news is that apparently Federal District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White (who in happier days ruled that San Francisco could go ahead with its universal health care plan) doesn't really understand how that intertube thing with the pornography on it works: He only ordered service provider Dynadot to freeze the "wikileaks.org" name.

So, yeah, you can still access it plenty of ways. Like through its IP address (http://88.80.13.160/) or wikileaks.be (a mirror site in Belgium).

And you can read all about the case in wiki format, of course, at http://www.wikio.com/search/wikileaks

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