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February 19, 2008

Wikileaks Access Barred by Federal Court

Wikileaks.org is offline thanks to an order by a federal judge in the United States that commands Dynadot, the registrar for Wikileaks, to lock the domain name and disable it's use in the DNS system.  Dynadot complied.  The struggle is over documents from the Cayman Island branch of the Swiss Bank Julius Baer displayed on the site.  The documents purport to show some elements of tax fraud by the bank in hiding its customers' assets.  While Wikileaks is offline for the moment, the document is reported to be available on BitTorrent.  The judge and the bank may punish Wikileaks, but stopping the availability of the documents and their contents is fruitless.  I would say that the publicity surrounding this is likely to spur people would wouldn't even be remotely interested in this event to check out the documents.  More information about that is here.

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Its amazing how overly-broad this injunction is. I can't imagine that all elements of the ruling will stand up in an appellate court.

Posted by: Samir Chopra | Feb 20, 2008 3:48:51 AM

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