Just a couple of weeks ago, Wikileaks.org was yanked off the internet by its web host Dynadot in response to a lawsuit brought by bank Julius Baer. The bank first went after Wikileaks directly, after someone posted confidential bank documents that allegedly prove the bank participates in money laundering and tax evasion. The bank wanted those documents removed from the site, but Wikileaks refused to comply.
The bank went on to sue Dynadot, trying to force them to remove the site from the web. Sure enough, Dynadot rolled over and sold out its customer, agreeing to not only shut down the site, but also lock the domain name so it couldn’t be transferred elsewhere and give up the IP addresses of people using/accessing the site.
Just last week, a judge said the agreement between Dynadot and Julius Baer was a no-go, and the site was to go back up. This was done after tons and tons of pressure over the free speech issue.
And now the New York Times reports that Julius Baer has moved to withdraw its lawsuit against Dynadot. This wouldn’t stop them from initiating legal action sometime in the future, but it seems futile. After all, Wikileaks has websites set up in several countries, so the documents and information posted are available through multiple sites. You can shut one down, but the others still have the information!
Here’s the ironic thing: All the legal action by Julius Baer actually brought more attention to these documents which they wanted to hide.