UPDATE 03.04.08: The judge has now dropped his order, allowing Wikileaks to be reached by its original URL. Following the internet furor over the case, Julius Baer engaged a PR firm–Intermarket Communications of New York–to try to stem the damage (I received an email press-release explaining that “The posting of confidential bank records by anonymous sources significantly harms the privacy rights of all individuals.” Yeah, right.) Now, everyone involved in this inappropriate lawsuit is running for cover, having been roundly humiliated for their attempts at a cover-up. Sometimes the system works (and by that I mean a free and unfettered internet that “self-heals” the damage of censorship).

Last year I posted about a promising new site for whistle-blowers. According to Wikipedia,

Wikileaks was conceived of and organized in 2006 by James Chen, Julian Assange, and Chinese government dissidents and others. According to InterNIC, was registered on October 4, 2006. Their advisory board includes members of the expatriate Russian and Tibetan refugee communities, reporters, a former US intelligence analyst, and cryptographers. It planned a March 2007 public announcement of its existence.

On February 18, 2008, in a sickening affront to free-speech and transparency, a federal judge has ordered the entire domain of shut down. But it’s still available at the IP address

Whatever the issues of the case at hand involving Bank Julius Baer & Co., it’s clear there are more than a few people in this world who have no shame about the way they operate–namely in secrecy. The inescapable (and tautological) conclusion about secrecy is that there is something nefarious to hide. Something the secret-keepers couldn’t justify if it became known. When the secret-keepers succeed in pulling the strings of justice, we should all sit up and take notice.

Look behind every human-rights violation, every toxic spill, every externality, every case of torture, every war crime, every terror attack, you will find one thing: Secrecy. It’s the Phillips screwdriver of every power-broker. From the lowliest merchant disguising his margin as he marks up his goods to the elder statesman negotiating a better treaty, secrecy is essential.

That is–if we want to keep doing business as usual.

But if we want a better world, some secrets are going to have to come out. Especially those that have been institutionalized. Apparently, the offending secrets involved Swiss banking in the Cayman islands. Secret Swiss accounts have been around so long they are the stuff of legend. So some of us may rationalize that just maybe there should be a place to park or launder money without governments knowing about it. Some libertarians and tax protesters harbor barely-concealed glee that someone (if not them) can sequester their money in accounts out of reach of the long arm of the law.

But that same safe-harbor can be used by human traffickers, arms-dealers, terrorists buying nukes, or any number of civilization-threatening undesirables.

In the end, peace and freedom require placing a premium on transparency and trust. In the end, if we want to be ethical, we all have to act as if our every move will be published on the front page of the New York Times. Call me naive, but I refuse to accept that there is any good reason for a site dedicated to outing truth and concealed information to be taken off line.

So I champion the folks behind Wikileaks, and I wish them all the success in the world at moving the incriminating evidence to offshore servers and publicizing their IP addresses. District Court Judge Jeffrey White should be ashamed of himself. The irony is palpable. Julius Baer & Co. protects blood money and Wikileaks protects open documents. Who did White choose to shut down? Like all censors before him, he’s only drawn more attention to the incriminating information. And the movement toward transparency will grow.

Please repost the Wikileaks IP address as often as possible. Let’s participate in the growing internet swarm, and make fools out of the would-be censors.

[And yes, the Barefoot Bum beat me to it. Go Larry!]

Comments (15 comments)

A Division by Zer0 » Blog Archive » Just doing my share / February 20th, 2008, 3:57 am / #1

[…] Here’s why  […]

ClintJCL / February 20th, 2008, 6:35 am / #2

I think repeating the link over and over may penalize your google pagerank.

Blood, Glory & Steel » Blog Archive » Gerade eben bemerkt.. / February 20th, 2008, 5:50 am / #3

[…] Diese Interessante Meldung hier machte mich auf die Zensur von Wikileaks aufmerksam. Bekanntlich sind Zensur und Maulkörbe nicht unbedingt was, was ich unterstützen will, daher dieser Nachtrag. […]

Hudson / February 20th, 2008, 9:50 am / #4

Why doesn’t Wikileaks just buy up some alternate domain names, e.g.


I haven’t looked into whether any of the above are available, but surely one can devise some new domain names, encourage people to link to improve its Google ranking, and show these dopey, litigious companies just how little they understand about how the internet works.

Information will be free, whether they try to suppress it or not.

Psuedonyme / February 20th, 2008, 11:20 am / #5

I am in the Cayman Islands and that IP does not respond. I can’t confirm that it is out of service, but it doesn’t work from here in the Caymans…

MoeJuiced / February 20th, 2008, 12:55 pm / #6

Try just

which appears to automatically redirect you to the full link noted above… » Neue Attacke gegen Wikileaks / February 20th, 2008, 2:19 pm / #7

[…] Der lustige United States District Richter Jeffrey S. White hat eine zweite juristische Attacke gegen das Whistleblower-Wiki Wikileaks gestartet. Nachdem der Streisand-Effekt mit dem simplen Verbot der Namensauflösung von langsam aber sicher einsetzt, beglückte Euer Ehren Scherzbold zwischenzeitlich alles und jeden, der bei Wikileaks Daten verändern könnte, (”anyone else with access to modify the website”) mit einer neuen fröhlichen Anordnung, die den Betreibern von Wikileaks seiner Anordnung folgend offenbar an die mit seiner letzten Anordnung dekonnektierte E-Mail-Adresse bei zugestellt werden soll. […]

links for 2008-02-20 « Clint’s blog / February 20th, 2008, 3:21 pm / #8

[…] TECHNOLOGY WAR/CORPORATIONS: Wikileaks has been removed from DNS via court order, but of course you can still access it using the IP address. Read my uncle’s blog about how important wikileaks is in stopping the secrecy of various abuses: (tags: politics censorship technology TechnologyWar corporations secrecy leaks whistleblowers Wikileaks corruption FirstAmendment)   […]

Engineer-Poet / February 21st, 2008, 12:40 am / #9

In the spirit of transparency, it would be very interesting to know who represented the censors in those proceedings.

BlackSun / February 21st, 2008, 1:58 am / #10


I think repeating the link over and over may penalize your google pagerank.

This article comes up #4 as of today in a google search for the IP address, it was #2 for a short time. Pagerank has been stuck at 5 for a while.


Wikileaks has been prevented from using any DNS service at all. From the injunction:

Dynadot shall immediately lock the domain name to prevent transfer of the domain name to a different domain registrar, and shall immediately disable the domain name and account to prevent access to and any changes from being made to the domain name and account information, until further order of this Court.

Now that’s nasty.


good question.

heather / February 23rd, 2008, 3:59 pm / #11

At least the censorship in this case was probably counterproductive.

Apart from blogs like yours posting the IP address (great idea) , there’s a piece in the Guardian telling the story and providing the IP address.

I bet many many more people than before (e.g. me) have visited and bookmarked the URL and passed it on.

Bill Murray / March 13th, 2010, 9:26 pm / #12

True freedom of information. No cover-ups any more.

Bill Murray / March 13th, 2010, 9:27 pm / #13

True freedom of information. No longer can there be coverups.

Paul / November 28th, 2010, 1:33 pm / #14

Why not do some research on Obama

njg / December 3rd, 2010, 10:41 pm / #15

the REAL ad is

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