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March 1, 2008

http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/02/29

Judge Dissolves Wikileaks.org Injunction

First Amendment Rights of Internet Users Upheld in Today's Hearing

San Francisco - A federal district court judge in San Francisco today rescinded a controversial order that disabled the "wikileaks.org" domain name which had -- until two weeks ago -- pointed to Wikileaks, a website designed to give whistleblowers a forum for posting materials of public concern.

This week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) moved to intervene in the case, along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and the Project on Government Oversight (POGO).  In a hearing in federal court today, EFF and its fellow intervenors and amici argued that the order infringed on the First Amendment rights of Internet users who have an interest in accessing material of public concern on the site.  Ruling from the bench, Judge Jeffrey White cited concerns about the First Amendment, the effectiveness of disabling the wikileaks.org domain name, and the court's own jurisdiction over the case as reasons to dissolve his previous orders.

"We're very pleased that Judge White recognized the serious constitutional concerns raised by his earlier  orders," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman.  "Attempting to interfere with the operation of an entire website because you have a dispute over some of its content is never the right approach.  Disabling access to an Internet domain in an effort to prevent the world from accessing a handful of widely-discussed documents is not only unconstitutional -- it simply won't work."

In addition to dissolving the permanent injunction, which permits the wikileaks.org domain name to be reactivated, the court also declined to extend a previous temporary restraining order requiring Wikileaks to disable access to 14 disputed Julius Baer documents.

For the full order:

http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/baer_v_wikileaks/wikileaks102.pdf

19 February 2008. A offers the Wikileaks archive as separate files:

http://www.delvacchio.it/wikileaks

A has placed the Wikileaks archive (Torrent, 2,000 files, 400MB) on Piratebay:

http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4034919/WikileakS.org_mirror_archive_(Feb_10th_2008)

18 February 2008

A sends hundreds of links to Wikileaks documents and mirrors:

http://binaryfreedom.info/node/312

wikileaks-gag.pdf   + Wikileaks Gag Order (Update)                     February 18, 2008
wikileaks-bjb.zip   + Wikileaked Bank Julius Baer Documents (Update)   February 20, 2008 (4MB)


A sends:


To Cryptome -- altho wikileaks.org is off line, mirror sites at
http://wikileaks.cx/    and   http://wikileaks.be/ are pumping away

A

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http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/%27Wikileaks.org%27_taken_off_line_in_many_areas_after_fire%2C_court_injunction

'Wikileaks.org' taken off line in many areas after fire, court injunction

> From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!

February 18, 2008

The website WikiLeaks.org has been taken off line in many parts of the world.
Wikileaks is a website dedicated to leaking documents that are "anonymous,
untraceable, uncensorable."

Several  factors  have taken the site off line including DDoS attacks, which
was  followed by a fire which took out the main servers hosting the site  in
Sweden,  and  a  restraining  order  on the domain name 'WikiLeaks.org' issued
in the United States.

According  to  the  website  HongPong.com,  Wikileaks  experienced  "a 500Mbps
distributed denial of service attack" before the fire, but it is not known if
the DDoS attack is connected to it.

After  the  attack,  a  fire was reported in the Uninterruptible Power Supply
of the servers which host the site.

The  third  and  final  factor taking the site off line is a permanent
injunction  granted  in  the California Northern District Court in San
Francisco,  California  to  Bank  Julius Baer, a Swiss Bank, which has caused
the  domain  to  be  taken  off  line  in  the U.S.. Wikileaks previously
published   hundreds   of   documents   obtained  from  a whistleblower  of
the  Swiss  Bank, "purportedly showing offshore tax evasion  and  money
laundering by extremely wealthy and in some cases, politically sensitive,
clients from the US, Europe, China and Peru."

According  to  a  Wikileaks  press  release  received  by  e-mail, the
injunction issued by the court states, "Dynadot [Wikileaks host] shall
immediately   clear  and  remove  all  DNS  hosting  records  for  the
wikileaks.org  domain  name and prevent the domain name from resolving to the
wikileaks.org website or any other website or server other than a blank park
page, until further order of this Court."

"The  order  was  entirely written by Cayman Island's Bank Julius Baer lawyers
and  was  accepted  by  judge  White  without  amendment,  or representations
by  Wikileaks  or  amicus.  The  case is over several Wikileaks  articles,
public  commentary and documents dating prior to 2003.   The  documents
allegedly  reveal  secret  Julius  Baer  trust structures  used  for  asset
hiding, money laundering and tax evasion. The bank alleges the documents were
disclosed to Wikileaks by offshore banking whistleblower  and  former Vice
President the Cayman Island's operation, Rudolf  Elmer. Unable to lawfully
attack Wikileaks servers which  are based  in  several  countries,  the  order
was  served on Wikileaks's California  registrar  Dynadot ("the power
company"). The order  also enjoins  every  person who has heard about the order
from from even linking to the documents," said Wikileaks in the release.

Despite  the  injunction,  Wikileaks  states  that  they will "keep on
publishing,  in-fact,  given the level of suppression involved in this case,
Wikileaks  will  step up publication of documents pertaining to illegal or
unethical banking practices."

________________________________________________________________

  Sources

  * wtwu   "Wikileaks   survives   a  fire,  but  is  under  Temporary
Restraining  Order  partial  censorship".  Spy  Blog, February 17, 2008
  * HongPong  "WikiLeaks  battles  suspicious  front  companies in the Caymans;
Swedish  server  room  fire". HongPong.com, February 17, 2008
  * "Bank Julius Baer vs. Wikileaks". WikiLeaks, January 23, 2008

Retrieved from
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SEE also

Wikileaks   remains  available  its  mirrors  in  other  jurisdictions
including    http://wikileaks.cx/    and   http://wikileaks.be/.

See
http://wikileaks.cx/wiki/Wikileaks:Cover_Names for more.

http://wikileaks.cx/wiki/Bank_Julius_Baer_vs._Wikileaks

http://wikileaks.cx/wiki/images/Dynadot-injunction.pdf

http://wikileaks.cx/wiki/Die_Akten_des_Hurricane_Man

http://wikileaks.cx/wiki/Clouds_on_the_Cayman_tax_heaven