Wik­iLeaks moves web­site to Switzer­land

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PARIS: Wik­iLeaks.org, the whis­tle-blow­ing web­site forced to move its do­main name to Switzer­land af­ter its U.S. ser­vice was with­drawn, may be banned from French servers. It is "not ac­cept­able" for servers in France to host the site, French In­dus­try Min­is­ter Eric Bes­son said in a let­ter to the CGIET technology agency. The min­is­ter asked for mea­sures to bar Wik­iLeaks from France, where it is par­tially hosted by Roubaix, France­based OVH SAS.

Wik­iLeaks, which is re­leas­ing about 250,000 U.S. diplo­matic ca­bles, be­gan di­rect­ing read­ers to the Swiss do­main Wik­iLeaks.ch rather than Wik­iLeaks.org, it said on a Twit­ter feed. EveryDNS.net, a U.S. ser­vice that trans­lates on­line ad­dresses to In­ter­net Pro­to­col num­bers to pro­vide ac­cess, ended Wik­iLeaks's ser­vice at 10 p.m. New York time, its web­site shows, leav­ing the site in­ac­ces­si­ble for sev­eral hours.

The shut­down in the U.S., which Wik­iLeaks con­firmed, oc­curred be­cause elec­tronic attacks on the site threat­ened the sta­bil­ity of ac­cess to other clients' web­sites, EveryDNS said. Since it be­gan re­leas­ing the ca­bles on Nov. 28, Wik­iLeaks has faced so-called de­nial of ser­vice attacks, where hack­ers at­tempt to over­whelm a web­site with re­peated re­quests for data.

While fully re­mov­ing in­for­ma­tion on the Web is "al­most im­pos­si­ble," re­peated attacks can re­duce its reach, said Stephen Wolthusen, a re­searcher in the In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity Group at Royal Hol­loway, Uni­ver­sity of London. "What you want to present is a real web­site," he said. "These en­try points can be, es­sen­tially, forced off the net. It be­comes much less user­friendly for the av­er­age per­son." The Swiss Pirate Party, a po­lit­i­cal group that sup­ports copy­right and patent law changes, owns the do­main name Wik­iLeaks.ch, which reroutes to Wik­iLeaks.org con­tent, De­nis Si­monet, a spokesman, said. Si­monet said he was un­sure if Wik­iLeaks had also moved to Swiss servers.

The U.S., France, the U.K. and other coun­tries have con­demned the cable re­leases, which they say could en­dan­ger the lives of field per­son­nel and hurt re­la­tions with al­lies. Bes­son, the French min­is­ter, to­day said that Wik­iLeaks "is en­dan­ger­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions, but also peo­ple who thought they were le­git­i­mately pro­tected by diplo­matic se­crecy." U.S. Sen­a­tors Dianne Fe­in­stein, chair­man of the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, and Christo­pher Bond, the com­mit­tee's vice chair­man, asked At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder in a let­ter dated yes­ter­day to pros­e­cute the site's founder, Aus­tralian­born Ju­lian As­sange, 39, for es­pi­onage. -Bloomberg

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