Amazon.com has stopped hosting the WikiLeaks website on its servers, forcing the controversial transparency operation to move back to its original Swedish Web provider.
WikiLeaks has been at the top of the news since Sunday when the site released a collection of 250,000 previously secret diplomatic communications from within the United States State Department.
The AP reports that the Amazon action came after the company was asked about its relationship with WikiLeaks by staff members from the office of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). Talking Points Memo quoted a statement from Lieberman saying:
This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the Wikileaks website. ... I call on any other company or organization that is hosting Wikileaks to immediately terminate its relationship with them. Wikileaks' illegal, outrageous, and reckless acts have compromised our national security and put lives at risk around the world. No responsible company - whether American or foreign - should assist Wikileaks in its efforts to disseminate these stolen materials. ...
The WikiLeaks site has reportedly been under a series of "distributed denial of service" attacks of unknown origin since the release of the U.S. documents. The organization had apparently hoped that putting its site on Amazon's servers would help fend off the attacks.
The organization broadcast its feelings about WikiLeaks' removal from Amazon via Twitter:
If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.