Earlier today we reported on rumors that controversial whistleblower site Wikileaks was to be abandoned. A Wikileaks spokesperson has just got back to us denying the claims made in what he calls a “bulls**t campaign”.
“Hi Martin, we just read your story and can basically only make one comment: Do not feed the troll. There is no substance to this posting at all. We will be issuing a press release soon I think in order to address this bulls**t campaign once and for all.”
The note seems like admission that addressing these rumors only via occasional tweets was only encouraging them to continue. Indeed, a tweet published by Wikileaks just now confirms that the organisation believes they should have nipped it in the bud earlier: “WikiLeaks will NOT be abandoned. Don’t listen to disinfo being spread! We’ll issue clarifications soon. Should’ve done earlier.”
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Part of the rumors we reported on related to Wikileaks supposedly moving to Iceland, a country with liberal freedom of speech laws. A comment on our earlier report noted that Wikileaks had recently registered an Icelandic site at wikileaks.is. The spokesperson told us this doesn’t necessarily indicate a move is imminent:
“We control 500+ domain names. And try to register a wikileaks domain in any possible TLD. Iceland had been discussed long ago, I thought it had long happened. Might have just been a delay, we mainly depend on volunteers to register domains, so cant say for sure, but it certainly is nothing special.
Looking at the DNS record:
Don’t see why anyone would be worried?”
It looks like we can expect Wikileaks to be a bit more open about its future plans soon.
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