"On April 9th 2009, the internet domain registration for the investigative journalism site Wikileaks.de was suspended without notice by Germany's registration authority DENIC. The action comes two weeks after the house of the German WikiLeaks domain sponsor, Theodor Reppe, was searched by German authorities. Police documentation shows that the March 24, 2009 raid was triggered by WikiLeaks' publication of Australia's proposed secret internet censorship list. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) told Australian journalists that they did not request the intervention of the German government..."

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Created by can.axis 9 years 9 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 9 weeks ago
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devnull's picture


9 years 9 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago


i really love all these

i really love all these countries that "take down" a freaking domain name to sites that have plenty of domain names to spare. It's an act in brattiness.

motters's picture


9 years 9 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago


Better governance

I'm quite sympathetic towards Wikileaks, and think what they're trying to do is good. Governments and corporations should not be able to hide their unethical activities behind a veil of secrecy, and this sort of exposure is like kryponite to those who are behaving irresponsibly. More openness should in the long run lead to better quality governance - similar to a Nash equilibrium.

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9 years 8 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago


deleted or expired?

I met someone from DENIC at a conference and brought the topic up. He said the domain went into transition which happens to domains who don't get renewed after their expiration date, according to him; no special treatment just for wikileaks.
As I see now the domain is up and running again with this information from whois:
Changed: 2009-04-17T14:28:52+02:00

If this information is correct which I can't confirm at this point I think the article should be corrected since it puts the DENIC into a bad light for no reason.