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Published on: December 1, 2010 03:26 PM
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FILE - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange pictured during a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, August 14, 2010. EPA/Bertil EricsonFILE - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange pictured during a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, August 14, 2010. EPA/Bertil Ericson

New York - WikiLeaks says Amazon.com kicked its website from its servers, forcing the site to move back to a Swedish provider.

Sen. Joe Leiberman says the move by Amazon.com Inc. comes after congressional staffers called the company Tuesday to inquire about its relationship with WikiLeaks.

The site, which just released a trove of sensitive U.S. State Department documents, took up residence on Amazon’s self-service Web servers after a rash of Internet-based attacks started Sunday against its Swedish host, Bahnhof.

The attacks made access to the site a hit and miss affair. The site was also unavailable for hours on Wednesday, as Amazon’s servers stopped responding to requests.

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 04:13 PM amerikaner Says:

is this freedom of speech or socialism?

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 05:06 PM yosher Says:

This is espionage and probably high treason. Free speech does not protect any verbal misbehavior, it protects one's right to express thoughts and opinions that are not iilegal. One may not slander another, one may not request a hit man kill for him and one may not yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater.

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 05:24 PM VeyIzMir Says:

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amerikaner Says:

is this freedom of speech or socialism?

It is not socialism. One may not exercise a "freedom of speech" by shouting fire in a crowded theatre. When lives are at stake or sensitive information is getting into the wrong hands, it is imperative to root this out and shut it down. How would you feel if your father, brother or son served in the military, in a position that might now be compromised?

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 05:47 PM cynic Says:

Reply to #3  
VeyIzMir Says:

It is not socialism. One may not exercise a "freedom of speech" by shouting fire in a crowded theatre. When lives are at stake or sensitive information is getting into the wrong hands, it is imperative to root this out and shut it down. How would you feel if your father, brother or son served in the military, in a position that might now be compromised?

Please tell us where those WMD, which were used as a pretext for two wars, with 5,000 US dead and 50,000 hit with near lethal force, are again?

Just maybe if we'd have had the truth a decade ago these families wouldn't have lost their kids.

Just maybe if these cables with Ambassador Patterson's concerns had been publicized we could have avoided the massacre at the Chabad center in Mumbai (and the rest of the deaths and destruction, too).

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 06:56 PM charliehall Says:

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cynic Says:

Please tell us where those WMD, which were used as a pretext for two wars, with 5,000 US dead and 50,000 hit with near lethal force, are again?

Just maybe if we'd have had the truth a decade ago these families wouldn't have lost their kids.

Just maybe if these cables with Ambassador Patterson's concerns had been publicized we could have avoided the massacre at the Chabad center in Mumbai (and the rest of the deaths and destruction, too).

We knew there were no WMDs. We just didn't *want* to listen to the people who were telling the truth.

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 07:07 PM HaNavon Says:

2&3,

This is totally not comparable to shouting fire in a theatre, crowded or otherwise.
This is not espionage, this is not treason, this was an act of heroism!

We, the citizens of planet Earth, have completely been taken advantage of by every government around the world!
They have propagated false information that has forced us to hate one another in order to fill our sails with the clouds of patriotism and wage wars that line their pockets with gold.

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 07:57 PM PMOinFL Says:

Wikileaks is 100% protected by the Constitution of the US. The Supreme Court has already ruled that the press may release any document or information that is passed on to them without interference from the government. The crime was committed by the traitor(s) who SENT them the information.

I am perfectly fine with the government executing those responsible for the leak as traitors to our nation. Period. We have the death penalty in these cases for a reason. When one commits such an act, he has already agreed to the punishment. He has decided that he is willing to die... so give him (them) the Saddam Hussein treatment.

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 08:09 PM hmmmm Says:

Reply to #4  
cynic Says:

Please tell us where those WMD, which were used as a pretext for two wars, with 5,000 US dead and 50,000 hit with near lethal force, are again?

Just maybe if we'd have had the truth a decade ago these families wouldn't have lost their kids.

Just maybe if these cables with Ambassador Patterson's concerns had been publicized we could have avoided the massacre at the Chabad center in Mumbai (and the rest of the deaths and destruction, too).

I didn't think of it this way. Interesting point. I was gonna yell espionage, but...

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 12:00 AM charliehall Says:

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PMOinFL Says:

Wikileaks is 100% protected by the Constitution of the US. The Supreme Court has already ruled that the press may release any document or information that is passed on to them without interference from the government. The crime was committed by the traitor(s) who SENT them the information.

I am perfectly fine with the government executing those responsible for the leak as traitors to our nation. Period. We have the death penalty in these cases for a reason. When one commits such an act, he has already agreed to the punishment. He has decided that he is willing to die... so give him (them) the Saddam Hussein treatment.

Wrong. See Title 18 USC Chapter 37. For example, section 798 starts out "Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person,
or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States...."

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 02:18 AM yosher Says:

Reply to #4  
cynic Says:

Please tell us where those WMD, which were used as a pretext for two wars, with 5,000 US dead and 50,000 hit with near lethal force, are again?

Just maybe if we'd have had the truth a decade ago these families wouldn't have lost their kids.

Just maybe if these cables with Ambassador Patterson's concerns had been publicized we could have avoided the massacre at the Chabad center in Mumbai (and the rest of the deaths and destruction, too).

Is cynic equivalent to fool? WMD were not found when our troops arrived in Iraq, after adequate time and warning that the YANKS ARE COMING. We do know that Mr. Hussein hag gassed the Kurds in the South and used biologicals in the North. Furthermore, most of us recall that Israel bombed a nuclear reactor in Osirak. So that's quite an indication of presence of WMD, Mr Cynic, a tip for you: be careful, when you"re too open minded, often your brains fall out!

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 09:55 AM cynic Says:

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yosher Says:

Is cynic equivalent to fool? WMD were not found when our troops arrived in Iraq, after adequate time and warning that the YANKS ARE COMING. We do know that Mr. Hussein hag gassed the Kurds in the South and used biologicals in the North. Furthermore, most of us recall that Israel bombed a nuclear reactor in Osirak. So that's quite an indication of presence of WMD, Mr Cynic, a tip for you: be careful, when you"re too open minded, often your brains fall out!

Those of us who recall FACTS remember quite well that Israel's attack on the reactor took place in 1981.

"Gulf War I", which was primarily aimed at freeing Kuwait, was a decade later.

So there was another ten years between the end of GW-I - which led to some pretty serious and continuing inspections of Iraq, and..

Gulf War II, which is the one we're talking about. Permit me to remind you that "we" (as in the US and allies) were led into that adventure courtesy of the claims and cries that, despite the inspections and not a single bit of real proof shown to the public, Saddam was preparing WMD.

Perhaps you've lost those inconvenient memories of Sec. of State Powell in front of the UN, or all the similar claims from DC.

So where are all these WMD that led us to GW-II?

Once again, if we (as in the public) had the truth back then, maybe those 5,000 troops who've been killed and the 50,000 who've been hit with near-lethal force in our ongoing two wars would still be kissing their kids in the morning on their way to work.

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 10:35 AM ALLAN Says:

#'s 2,3 and 13 I like your comments. The safety of our country and it citizens at home and abroad should be of the highest priority in this insane world of ours. This breach of national security should never have happened, but since it has... those involved should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 11:09 AM FactsofLife Says:

Wikileaks actions have caused grave and severe damage to US interests and are the likely cause for many deaths of US allies and informers. This is a clear act of treason and those responsible are worthy of the death penalty.

WMDs were found in Iraq according to an article in the 10/25/2010 NY Post. This is common knowledge.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wasted because they don't allow the soldiers to fight to win. The war in Iraq is simply allowing Islamic radicals to create a Hamas like anti Israel and anti American state in Iraq. This is all due to President Bush's simple minded ideal of spreading democracy in Iraq, a plan that would never work with Islamic radicals.

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 11:30 AM shtill Says:

Reply to #1  
amerikaner Says:

is this freedom of speech or socialism?

There is a lot between Freedom of Speech and Socialism. Stop reading comic books.

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 11:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
yosher Says:

This is espionage and probably high treason. Free speech does not protect any verbal misbehavior, it protects one's right to express thoughts and opinions that are not iilegal. One may not slander another, one may not request a hit man kill for him and one may not yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater.

You cannot be guilty of "treason" against the US if you are not a citizen. Perhaps it was a criminal act, but not treason.

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 12:54 PM ALLAN Says:

Reply to #17  
FactsofLife Says:

Wikileaks actions have caused grave and severe damage to US interests and are the likely cause for many deaths of US allies and informers. This is a clear act of treason and those responsible are worthy of the death penalty.

WMDs were found in Iraq according to an article in the 10/25/2010 NY Post. This is common knowledge.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wasted because they don't allow the soldiers to fight to win. The war in Iraq is simply allowing Islamic radicals to create a Hamas like anti Israel and anti American state in Iraq. This is all due to President Bush's simple minded ideal of spreading democracy in Iraq, a plan that would never work with Islamic radicals.

I'm afraid that many of the WMD were sent to Syria in advance of the US invasion.

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