France seeks to bar hosting WikiLeaks website

PARIS Fri Dec 3, 2010 11:33am EST

The home page of the Wikileaks.org website is pictured on a computer in Hoboken, New Jersey, November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The home page of the Wikileaks.org website is pictured on a computer in Hoboken, New Jersey, November 28, 2010.

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PARIS (Reuters) - The French government is examining how it could ban website WikiLeaks from being hosted on servers in France, according to a letter written by Industry Minister Eric Besson and seen by Reuters on Friday.

The letter addressed to ministry officials said WikiLeaks, which has infuriated Washington by releasing some 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables, had been partly hosted by French company OVH since U.S. host Amazon stopped supporting it on Thursday.

"I ask you to indicate to me as soon as possible what action can be taken to ensure that this Internet site is no longer hosted in France," Besson wrote.

"This situation is not acceptable. France cannot host an Internet site that violates the secrecy of diplomatic relations and endangers people."

OVH said in a statement that it was seeking an urgent court ruling to address the issue, arguing that it was in legal terms a provider of technical services and not a host.

Wikileaks had been using its services since early on Thursday, paying less than 150 euros to do so via an automated system, the statement said, adding that OVH had not even been aware of the fact until it was reported in the media.

"It is not up to politicians or OVH to demand or decide the closure of a site, but to the justice system," said the statement.

(Reporting by Nick Vinocur and Brian Love; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Comments (4)
JMartins wrote:
Wiki Leaks does not endangers people lifes. Governement does. That is why they don’t like wikileaks website. For each one they close, 4 will appear. They can’t stop revolutions…they have to live with them and by the new global rules. Will they close Internet ? Will they forbid telephones ? Maybe sending letters becomes banned…

Dec 03, 2010 1:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MobyPeters wrote:
Aaah! freedom of speech such an oddity in democracy.
The idea was great one by our deep thinking idealistic forefathers,
but our present generation of rulers would rather be accused of “leading” the people. From Rupert who saturates the global “truth”, to internet filters to protect us and the simplification of our educational system to stem the inquiries.

WikiLeaks in whatever format counters this and can not be stopped, although they will spend a lot to try to do so. The internet is like that bit of mercury you try to pick up with your fingers. Sorry boys the internet is the printing press of today, indiscriminately providing information to the masses, so that all may know and act.

Dec 03, 2010 7:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
miniboy wrote:
Julian just stay alive and in safety until true justice arrives. If it still exists.

Dec 03, 2010 10:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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