Free Speech Attacked By California Judge – Lamely
Watch out bloggers and web publishers. Don’t do anything too controversial or you may find your site shuttered by the law. In a very strange and clearly tech illiterate move, a California judge ordered the removal of the domain name for a web site (Wikileaks.org) that publishes leaked documents posted anonymously by people around the world. It’s a lame move because the site is still accessible at its IP address ( http://188.8.131.52/wiki/Wikileaks ).
Apparently, some heavy legal help is on the way for Wikileaks as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Northern California plan to intervene on behalf of the site and its owners.
Update: The federal district court judge who order the domain name removal has himself removed his removal order. “Judge Jeffrey White cited concerns about the First Amendment, the effectiveness of disabling the wikileaks.org domain name, and the court’s own jurisdiction over the case as reasons to dissolve his previous orders.”