The ABC reports that, following its successful efforts to seriously piss off the US this week, Wikileaks has now been forcibly shut down – which, when you look for Wikileaks.org, would appear to be the case.
The mirrors are still up, but it looks like the links to the Cablegate material are all dead.
Does this mean the State has finally conquered the Internet? Or is the material just being reuploaded to an entirely new location, ready to be released again – and the further attention just encourages more people, like me, to go looking for it?
I’m kind of torn on Wikileaks. I don’t doubt there should be accountability for political speech – but, similarly, governments have gotten too good at hiding material that really should be released in the public interest. Maybe Wikileaks is the sledgehammer needed to break this control – but it’s only the lesser of two evils. It’ll be good when we live in a world where we don’t need it at all.
UPDATE #1: American patriots fear not. Blogger “Jonolan” has an appropriately psychotic solution to the Wikileaks problem:
The solution to the Assange and Wikileaks Question is very simple.
It’s so simple, in point of fact, that it’s not having been implemented already beggars the credulity of all right-thinking Americans.
The US Government – actually the governments of the West en total, with the exception of Australia – should green-light Julian Assange; they should order his assassination to be performed either by their own agencies or by independent contractors.
And if they can’t find him, there’s an innocent relation to get instead:
He has at least one acknowledged son, Daniel Assange, who lives something close to normal life in Australia and who is easy to find and equally easy to harm either physically, legally, or economically. Physical harm would be best.
They should make that guy President.