Just days after moving to a new server and domain—after its Amazon servers and EveryDNS domain were dropped—WikiLeaks' main server in France has gone offline. The AP reports, "Denis Simonet of the Swiss Pirate Party says his group is currently redirecting the domain wikileaks.ch to another server based in Sweden. Simonet told The Associated Press by phone Sunday that the switch could take several hours but that the site that publishes leaked classified documents is still reachable through the numerical address of its Swedish server." Hey, those CIA DNS attacks must be working!
The site and its founder, Julian Assange, have been under fire ever since disclosing about 250,000 diplomatic cables. Today's discovery: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked U.S. diplomats to stop the flow of donations from Saudi Arabia to terrorist organizations. She wrote in a memo, "While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) takes seriously the threat of terrorism within Saudi Arabia, it has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority... More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups."
Speaking of Clinton, she's spoofed, as is Assange and the WikiLeaks crew in Saturday Night Live's cold open last night:
Assange has been in hiding for the past few days, claiming death threats have been made against him. Those threats, coupled with the server problems and his wanted status over rape allegations in Sweden (allegations which his lawyer says are purely "political"), that raises more questions about the so-called "insurance file" that was posted on WikiLeaks over the summer. The 1.4GB file, encrypted with a 256-key, is suspected to contain details about Guantanamo Bay, BP and Bank of America. Assange has threatened to reveal the documents if anything happens to him or the website: “We have over a long period of time distributed encrypted backups of material we have yet to release. All we have to do is release the password to that material, and it is instantly available."
In the meantime, the White House is reminding federal workers and contractors not to look at the site. But, of course, they could look when they get back home.