Amazon faces boycott over WikiLeaks row

Amazon could face a boycott from free speech campaigners after it stopped hosting whistle blowing site WikiLeaks on its servers.


WikiLeaks was using Amazon’s servers to host its site after its own Sweden-based server was subject to a cyber attack over the weekend. The online retailer is thought to have come under pressure from US Government.

WikiLeaks has caused global controversy this week after making public thousands of confidential political documents and free speech campaigners say consumers should now boycott the online retailer.

Joe Lieberman, chairman of the US senate Homeland Security Committee has called on Amazon and other companies to “terminate their relationship” with the controversial site.

He says: “[Amazon’s] decision to cut off WikiLeaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material.

WikiLeaks’ illegal, outrageous, and reckless acts have compromised our national security and put lives at risk around the world.’

The latest WikiLeaks revelation links Russian leader Vladimir Putin to the Russian mafia.

US politician Sarah Palin, who is expected to run for the American presidency in 2012, has called for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be hunted down “with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders”.

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