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Longstanding whistleblower site Cryptome.org is back online after a brief takedown, sparked by its hosting of a list of alleged Japanese terrorists.

The takedown by host Network Solutions came as a result of a complaint signed Sima Jiro, who complained that the 114 documents in a file identified as jp-terrorist-files.zip contained “lots of personal information, such as named, DOBs, family structures, workplaces, phone numbers. And also containing lots of documents which are probably classified or confidential”.

The complainant also hoped not to be identified to Cryptome: “I sincerely ask you to refrain from sending my request forward to your customer or administrator of “Cryptome” or the uploader of the ZIP file.”

Network Solutions initially complied with the request. However – presumably following some discussion between John Young and Network Solutions – it has now been restored.

Young is no stranger to takedowns. His site, an anonymous drop-box for whistleblowers which documents both corporate and government shenanigans, has been variously attacked with notices from Microsoft (taken down and then restored), Yahoo! (taken down and restored), and PayPal (banned then unbanned).

In 2010, Young famously described Wikileaks' Julian Assange as a “narcissistic individual” who is willing to “sacrifice Bradley Manning* and anyone else to advance their own interests” (*now Chelsea Manning).

The correspondence over the latest takedown is here. ®

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