Samizdata - 2:47 pm on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
the company had not received any official requests
Companies that did not receive any official requests in the past week include:
* EveryDNS - ended WikiLeaks' DNS arrangements at 24 hours notice
* Amazon - abruptly terminated WikiLeaks' hosting on the EC2 cloud service
* PayPal - abruptly froze WikiLeaks' account
* MasterCard - abruptly banned payments to WikiLeaks
* Visa - abruptly banned payments to WikiLeaks
There was, of course, a public call made by Senator Joe Lieberman, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, for US companies to terminate any agreements with WikiLeaks, but that does not constitute an official request by the US government.
Likewise, none of the public statements branding WikiLeaks a "terrorist" organisation or calling for the "execution" of its editor-in-chief (described as an "enemy combatant") were made by the US government, only by individual politicians.
WikiLeaks, as far as I am aware, is not a proscribed organisation in the USA and has apparently broken no US laws - or if it has there have so far been no charges, either against WikiLeaks or the New York Times and others publishing the same material.
There has, however, been a call from chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry for the law to be changed to allow a prosecution of the WikiLeaks website.
The only official US government statement I have seen on this affair came from Secretary of State Clinton - "we are taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information" - though the alleged leaker has been in custody since May and what the ongoing "aggressive steps" might be are left to our imagination.
As a webmaster I do not support DDoS attacks on any site, but it should equally be pointed out that WikiLeaks has been under continuing DDoS attack since the beginning of this affair. As yet no organisation has been identified as responsible for those attacks, and whether any request was made - official or otherwise - remains a mystery.
Or perhaps I should say "remains a secret".