Thursday, 2 December 2010
US companies get rid of WikiLeaks
To be honest I'm not surprised. I was surprised when WikiLeaks.org decided to use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for hosting WikiLeaks documents and other content. Upcoming Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act as well recent seizures of the domain names by DHS prove, FEDs and US politicians will do everything to force US based companies to stop hosting illegal content (of course the question is if the content is illegal; in the USA, diplomatic cables are illegal; in the contrary, in all other countries, US cables are not "SECRET" and not subject to the local law).
As Liberman said, Amazon's decision "should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material. I call on any other company or organisation that is hosting WikiLeaks to immediately terminate its relationship with them."
Has it been done just for PR? I bet "yes". We have even more examples. Assange decided to publish just a fraction of the documents and is "leaking" next cables one by one. Why? It's a standard PR activity to keep someone on the front pages for a long period of time.
Regardless of you think about WikiLeaks, next time you read about WikiLeaks think about Marketing and PR side of it...