U.S. officials deny they are urging technical takedown of WikiLeaks
December 3rd, 2010
02:09 PM ET

U.S. officials deny they are urging technical takedown of WikiLeaks

U.S. officials at the Pentagon and State Department denied Friday knowing of any efforts to take down the WikiLeaks website or asking companies to do so.

The site's efforts to publish 250,000 diplomatic cables has been hampered by denial-of-service attacks, ejection from its server host and cancellation of its name by its American domain name provider. Each time WikiLeaks has worked out other arrangements to bring the site back online.

In written answers to readers' questions posted on the website of the British newspaper The Guardian, WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange alleged "abusive elements of the United States government" were behind the site's technical problems. A State Department spokesman disputed that the U.S. government was involved.

"I am not aware of any conversations by the United States government with either any internet host here or any government over there at this point," said spokesman P.J. Crowley.

A Defense Department official also denied causing the technical problems slowing the WikiLeaks release of secret U.S. government documents.

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  1. Sally Michigan

    Does anyone think the government would admit to taking down the site? I don't think they would.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Red Shuttle ... http://x.co/Ka0w

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      HOW MANY MONEY is making Assange selling the leaked files to newspapers and TV networks??? http://x.co/GqFF
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      December 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff Vegas

      Sign me up – I'll volunteer to take down that abomination. Assage is the most miserable example of free speech abuse since the first prankster yelled "fire" in a crowded theater.

      December 4, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      well, Navy Submarine School has blocked access to this site for all staff and students. So much for free speech!

      December 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Cliff,the only abomination here is your utter ignorance!!! No wonder this country's in such a jam!

      December 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Citizn

      Does our government admit to anything?? They were warned about the financial crisis 10+ years before it happened, B. Born, They were warned about 911 before it happened, BBC radio. The gov has been playing the american public for years, fear tactics, yet answer to no one. If all the truths were to come out there would be a civil revolution, why else would the gov be so aggressively shutting down Wikileaks..... Go ahead america, keep your head in the sand.......

      December 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      If you believed a poltician you'd have to be still wet behind the ears. If they told the truth W

      December 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      If you believed a poltician you'd have to be still wet behind the ears.

      December 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. meee

    Thats funny

    December 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thomas

    Yeah. Right. Like Hillary said. 'We dont do that'.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. greggo

    We know nothing. That's our story and we're sticking to it!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel

    Of course the US government is trying to take down WikiLeaks. What do these fools take us for? Only a complete idiot would put any credence in what the US government says now! It's no more,no less than back door censorship!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • VStarGuy

      Spot-on! The govt is the prime force for shutting "leaks" down! Anyone who questions that is brainwashed.
      I expect to read where Assange committed suicide or dies of an overdose or heart attack!

      December 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. An American

    I hope they succeed. God bless Amazon.com!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Tell me true,did you ever finish grade school? Such ignorance should be outlawed.

      December 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas

    God bless Amazon? Now, correct me if Im wrong but aren't they the same people that agreed to sell that happy little instruction manual that described how to molest children? Oh, but, in a loving way? Is that the Amazon we're talking about?

    December 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • VikingBerserker

      You mean the one they took down because it violated their terms?

      December 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. An American

    Yes, it is.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Homer Simpson

    sonuds like somebodys jealous

    December 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Homer Simpson

    Tommy want to pull a train?

    December 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Walter

    No, but they've sent a diplomatic cable to our embassy in China to request that the Chinese try to take it down.... we'll hear about it later.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Victor Hess

    Wow! Julian sounds really upset. Oh well, freedom of the press! Freedom to own assault rifles! Freedom to kill the global economy! What's next?

    Does anyone think James Rubin and Gloria Borger look alike? Saw him on Larry King.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas

    Na, I mean the one they put up knowing full well of its content and took down only after public outcry.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    Child psychology still works for the gov.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard Allen

    i just think it's funny...we all know it was the US govt that hacked that site, yet no one wants to just come out and admit it. Deny to the very end.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • child please

      OJ defense

      December 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
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