WikiLeaks re-taunts feds with US Amazon mirrors
'Hey Pentagon, we're using your own software'
WikiLeaks is hosting its cache of confidential US Statement Department cables on US-based Amazon servers, just as it did with with the classified Iraq War documents it released last month.
According to NetCraft's records, the whistle-blowing website is mirroring the diplomatic cables on Amazon's US-based EC2 service and France-based servers operated by French ISP Octopuce. The main WikiLeaks site is mirrored on Ireland-based Amazon servers.
WikiLeaks also uses a US-based domain name registrar (Dynadot) and a US-based DNS service (EveryDNS).
In theory, if the US government decides that WikiLeaks has broken the law in publishing federal intelligence data, it could move to have WikiLeaks booted from such US-based servers. But WikiLeaks could simply fall back on its core servers — presumably still hosted by "bulletproof" Swedish hosting outfit PRQ — and the feds would take a PR hit.
Clearly, this is how WikiLeaks reads the situation, as it continues to use Amazon's US-based "cloud" service to accomodate extra demand for its data.
In an added twist, the whistle-blower is also using software from Seattle-based outfit Tableau to visually map its trove of leaked diplomatic cables. Tableau grew out of a project run by the US Department of Defense.
In August, the Defense Department said that it had launched a criminal probe to find out how confidential federal documents were obtained by WikiLeaks, and today, CNet reports, US Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that an investigation is ongoing. "To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law and who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described, they will be held responsible," Holder said. "They will be held accountable." ®
A tip of the hat to technology consultant Alex Norcliffe.
"To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law and who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described, they will be held responsible,"
Or to put it another way "We are looking for a scapegoat".
Not one original thought in all of that.
"That's bullshit. When you're dealing with scum, you'll always have some things to hide, at least when planning."
Wagner and Ezquerra called. They'd like their fascist stereotype back.
" If some lowlife [blah de blah ...]"
" Would your grandparents have been [blah de blah ... ]"
Please point to specific examples where Wikileaks have revealed details of future operations, or take your analogies back to the shop you bought them from. They're cheap, and appear to be broken.
"Sure, the world's governments are hardly paragons of virtue, and they do things we don't like, but trashing everything they do to teach them a lesson isn't going to make things better. "
Where's this "trashing everything"? In between that and you sitting on your arse lapping it up, there's a whole spectrum of comment and action that is actually rather productive and helps the world ... progress.
"Unless you can provide (and I mean *provide*, not just blow hot air on ideas) a better alternative then it's just plain stupid to smash what's there already."
Transparent government that seeks to represent the people, not the corporations and party backers. There you go. Or is that just blowing hot air on ideas? Funny. I thought that's what Government did every time an election came round.
"I wonder how many of these kiddy anarchists that are cheering wikileaks"
Like my sixty-something father. A well-off member of the medical profession. A long-time voter. A home-owner. A believer in democracy and the rule of law. Kiddy anarachists like him? Like a bunch of us, he's just had enough with the abuse of power we witness day in day out.
"on even bothered to vote in their last elections"
Same old, same old. Voting legitimises the current rubbish. Hence politicians and their endless talk of mandates, when said mandate doesn't exist. When only person votes, we might see the end of that particularly galling lie. When their promises even vaguely match up to their practice, I might feel differently. You're just a happy mark.
"never mind actually considered standing as a candidate to change things. "
Same old, same old. We can't all be politicians, just like we can't all be CEOs. Doesn't mean we should let those who are collude for their own benefit.
You posted as AC. Not because you wanted to share some information with us that perhaps you shouldn't. That, a la wikileaks, is the only legitimate usage. Otherwise, you just want to dissociate your online self from your words. Why?
godspeed to wikileaks
I agree with everything wikileaks is doing.
Yeah you can attack the guy behind it all, he looks weak and doesn't want to reveal much about his private life.
However the leaders in our military (the armchair generals) are also very weak and we know nothing about their private lives other than once they leave their posts they end up working for or advising government contractors for whom they directed contracts to while in command.
An honest 'democracy' would have nothing to hide.
Thing is we don't have an honest democracy and it's time the people see that the entire world is ran by people out of 'eam America World Police
God bless wikileaks.