According to a recent BBC article, the infamous whistle-blower website known as WikiLeaks.org has been ordered by a California court to be removed in the US.
WikiLeaks.org allowed whistle-blowers to post private and classified government and corporate documents online for public view.
The case that brought about the court-ordered removal of the WikiLeaks.org website was brought by Swiss bank Julius Baer, after hundreds of documents about its offshore activities were posted to the site, alleging tax evasion and money laundering by bank officials.
The sensitive bank documents and records were allegedly posted to the WikiLeaks site by former vice president for the bank’s Cayman Island operation, Rudolf Elmer.
Dynadot, which controls the WikiLeaks.org domain name, was ordered to remove all records of the website from its servers. In addition, the site was ordered to produce “all prior or previous administrative and account records and data for the wikileaks.org domain name and account”.
The court order further requires that website admin details of the site’s registrant, contacts, payment records and “IP addresses and associated data used by any person…who accessed the account for the domain name” to be handed over.
Wikileaks.org had allowed site visitors to post documents anonymously.
The website was founded in 2006 by dissident journalists, techies and academics from around the world.
According to CNet News the site can still be accessed on another server at WikiLeaks Mirror Website.
Sources: BBC, CNet News.