Swiss domain owner warns WikiLeaks could face more blockages
The Swiss Pirates Party, which owns the domain name currently used by whistleblower website Wikileaks, warned Friday that the website could face further blockages.
The original wikileaks.org domain was taken offline at 0300 GMT Friday by its American domain name system provider, EveryDNS.net, following reports of massive attacks on the site.
The site then came back online on Friday with the Swiss domain name wikileaks.ch.
However, the Swiss Pirates Party said that the Swiss name is also registered with EveryDNS.net.
"As the Swiss domain is also listed with this provider, there is a risk of further blockages. Discussions are ongoing internally about if and where the data should be moved," said the party in a statement.
The Pirates Party, which campaigns for Internet freedoms and transparency, was founded in 2009 with more than 120 people attending its founding meeting.
Denis Simonet, who heads the group, told AFP it had registered the domain name wikileaks.ch six months ago.
"We did it to support WikiLeaks," he said in an emailed reply, adding that it was not done at the request of Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower site.
Simonet said that the redirection had worked since the registration of the domain.
"They just communicated that domain as an official working one today without informing us before. We knew about that with the first questions from a newspaper," he added.
Assange said last month that he was considering requesting asylum in Switzerland, among other places, and basing the website in the fiercely neutral Alpine country.
"That is a real possibility," Assange said when asked whether he and the website might relocate, adding that Switzerland, and perhaps Iceland, were the only Western countries that his outfit feels safe in.
Assange told Swiss national television TSR that WikiLeaks was examining the possibility of creating a foundation that would allow it to operate out of Switzerland, and confirmed that he might apply for asylum.
Assange's defence fund also has a bank account with the Swiss Post Office, according to the WikiLeaks website.
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