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WikiLeaks Swiss domain online again

The Swiss Pirate Party has been able to put online again the domain name wikileaks.ch, which was blocked soon after it was made available on Friday.

This content was published on December 4, 2010 - 10:28
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The Swiss Pirate Party, which supports freedoms on the internet, successfully migrated entries to new servers.

Party chairman Denis Simonet told a media conference on Friday that they had registered the address so that any Swiss who wanted to access WikiLeaks by typing “.ch " could do so. WikiLeaks had been informed by mail of what had been done.

Simonet and his deputy, Pascal Gloor, met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Geneva three weeks ago, but both said the issue of the domain name had not been raised.

Rather, since Assange had publicly let it be known that he was thinking of moving to Switzerland, the two men had explained the country’s institutions to him and he had talked about the philosophy of his site.

They said they had no way of contacting Assange, and did not know where he was.

WikiLeaks uses sites in a number of countries to distribute secret US State Department communications, but several of its hosts have come under attack or under pressure.

The US domain name provider, EveryDNS, withdrew its service to wikileaks.org on Thursday, fearing that a series of hacker attacks could threaten the rest of its network.

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