Violating terms of service, Wikileaks is removed from Amazon Web Services

Posted by David Khoirul

WikileaksControversial website wikileaks.org -- which publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and leaks -- was finally terminated by Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday. Wikileaks was removed not because of goverment inquiry. Amazon Web Services, in its blog post, explains that Wikileaks didn't control the rights to the classified content it posted, and it means that the site has violated AWS terms of service:

AWS does not pre- screen its customers, but it does have terms of service that must be followed. WikiLeaks was not following them. There were several parts they were violating. For example, our terms of service state that “you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content … that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity. It’s clear that WikiLeaks doesn ’t own or otherwise control all the rights to this classified content. Further, it is not credible that the extraordinary volume of 250,000 classified documents that WikiLeaks is publishing could have been carefully redacted in such a way as to ensure that they weren ’t putting innocent people in jeopardy. Human rights organizations have in fact written to WikiLeaks asking them to exercise caution and not release the names or identities of human rights defenders who might be persecuted by their governments.

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