By Declan McCullagh
Politics and Law
October 27, 2010
Forget China or Al Qaeda. In a twist that would have been inconceivable
even a few months ago, the WikiLeaks.org Web site is being proposed as
the first public target for a U.S. government cyberattack.
After the shadowy, document-leaking organization distributed nearly
400,000 classified documents from the Iraq war on Friday, Washington
officialdom responded with a torrent of denunciations alleging
violations of national security and endangering U.S. military
In a rare point of congruence, The Washington Post and The Washington
Times both criticized the release, with the smaller paper arguing that
WikiLeaks' offshore Web site should be attacked and rendered
"inoperable" by the U.S. government. Some hawkish conservatives followed
suit, including Christian Whiton, a State Department adviser under
President George W. Bush, who wrote a column calling on the U.S.
military to "electronically assault WikiLeaks and any telecommunications
company offering its services to this organization."
Their target's actually not that far away. WikiLeaks' Web site is now
hosted on Amazon.com servers on United States soil near San Jose, Calif.
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