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.


soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. mjwilstein

    SNL equated WikiLeaks with TMZ in this sketch from last night's show:

    December 5, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Veritas

    If i owned thier server i would cut them off for the sake of national security, plain and simple. I would'nt need to be pressured by the government to see the obvious potential for disaster

    December 5, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla. Isn't this what happened in Germany back in the 1930's? It appears that Fascism is as much alive and well today as it was before WW2. For example,just look at the people who get elected to office in both here and Europe and their frantic efforts to shut down WikiLeaks!!!

      December 5, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. oldntired

    are there people out there that really believe a part of our governmen was behind 9/11? are there people out there that realize the government is not denying what wikileaks is posting? i am sad. I am getting disillusioned.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. marine

    We all know....:-)our gov lies...especially liberman.and it is sad that narrow minded people believe wilileaks is a threat.our gov is the threat with all this censorship.

    December 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marine

    Vote out liberman for violating people's of freedom speech,scaring the gov could force amazon to stop business,to stop freedom of speech.

    December 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. marine

    The gov force paypal to end services too.......huh sounds gov scared.....i would never vote hillary or liberman.he found out they placed hit on him.wow

    December 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Edward Hyde

    I think someonefrom CNN should read this Guardian article:http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/dec/02/the-us-embassy-cables-julian-assange

    It reports how CNN is towing the government line when it comes to Wikileaks, CNN might as well be considered Government-Run-State-Media. If Paris Hilton had released the info we'd be seeing stories 24/7. I find CNN to sadly losing it's integrity. Not running news because it may embarrass the authorities is dreadful. Soon the only investigative stories the media will dare cover will be Used car dealers cheating customers.

    December 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ***dude***

    well I did like the part....
    "Information conduits like Julian Assange shock us out of that complacency. Oh, sure, he's a pompous egomaniac sporting a series of bad haircuts and grandiose tendencies. And he often acts without completely thinking through every repercussion of his actions."

    He will look much better with a prison haircut – I bet CNN will publish that. I for one will applaud. HE IS A CREEP.

    December 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Truth

    I would rather they just say, yes we are taking the sights down, we have the power to do that so get out of our way. Somethings need to be protected regardless if we feel its our right to know. For one, a soldiers life. Take JA down and show everyone we have the power to find them and make the traitors do jail time or worse.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anders

      Yes! And let's label anyone who seeks transparency or government accountability "traitor" or "terrorist" so that we can deal with the without having to worry about those pesky freedom of speech issues or human rights violations!

      December 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Truth

    Information in this age is being disseminated way to fast. TMI is not always a good thing. Just because you can know a lot does not mean you should. There are to many idiots out there that would love nothing more than to end your way of life.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Truth

    @ marine. If ignorance were bliss, you would be truly orgasmic. Are you 12 or younger? Think hard about your posts then react like someone with the slightest hint of intelligence.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lou

    The only time a politician isnt lying is when his/her lips arent moving.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anders

    Everything the government says now sounds hollow. Don't think for a second that those who hold the power have your best interest in mind – they have their best interest in mind. Once we get scared enough to willingly allow our governments to keep us in the dark, it's game over. Power tends to corrupt. We must maintain transparency and keep track of what our leaders are leading us in to. Unfortunately, the patriotism card is so effective, it's difficult to counter. Please remember the dark examples of history and always ALWAYS question authority. Don't assume that the media is free from influence.

    December 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jake

    I welcome the us gov in the world of open en free speaking.they must accept reality they watch to much fuction.

    December 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
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