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WikiLeaks is using US-based servers run by to mirror its controversial data stash, including the classified "Iraq War Logs" released on Friday afternoon, according to internet records. Since at least Friday night, the famous whistle-blowing site has been hosting data on Amazon's AWS infrastructure cloud, both in the …


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  1. Chris Harden

    Kinda makes sense

    Mirror up on servers in the countries that will be generating the most load, get them close to the downloaders to up the speed.

    Even if Amazon do shut them down, they only need to last a few days for the bulk of the high traffic to pass.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    What's the big deal?

    So they have "non-bulletproof" mirrors. In terms of making sure they can keep publishing, they only need one site to be "bulletproof", and all of the mirrors can be as fragile as a house of cards.

    1. Alex Norcliffe

      It's that they are on US soil

      It's not about whether or not the mirrors are flaky

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    And they're ready for the US switch-off

    Very low TTL times, if their US hosting gets pulled they can whinge to the press, people may get errors & timeouts for ten minutes, & lo & behold it's all working again.

    So maybe some aspect of "look how little time they managed to take us down for" to add onto the aforementioned "Oh, look at the information the US doesn’t want you to know!" when Amazon bottles it & pulls the plug.

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    2. Alex Norcliffe


      He's currently giving a live interview at the Frontline Club streaming online

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Multiple targets

    Will keep the Government lawyers busy chasing the different providers around the world

  6. dssf

    Could it be to show that the US Military/DOD are...

    Complaining about something being dangerous, but unwilling to preemptively take it down? If it's dangerous to US personnel and protected sources, then taking out the sites could show the DOD means business.

    But, failure to hit ALL the hosts' outflowing of the Papers would show that the DOD is not as Web-War-Centric capable as it positions itself to be. Preemptively attacking the outflow might be illegal, in which case the DOD would be liable for damages, and not attacking the outflow means or could signal that the data is not ALL as dangerous asl it's cracked up to be.

    Paradox? Conundrum? Other?

  7. skeptical i


    I'm still wrapping my wee brain around the name of the French ISP cited in the article, Octopuce, since "puce" means "flea" (so, eight fleas?). Unless they're referring to the color, in which case do we assume eight shades of aged red?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      fleas shmleas

      It's another way of saying octopus dude. Especially if the domain is taken ;)

      1. ratfox

        Another meaning of puce

        In French, puce also means chip, as in chip card (carte à puce), mirochip, etc.

        Because on their pins, they look like insects with legs.

        1. Mike Brown

          letters and/or digits.

          maybe they are James Bond fans?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Quite clever

    By the time anyone gets to the big established companies, the rush will be over anyway.

  9. MacroRodent Silver badge


    "some WikiLeaks servers are now inside a Cold War–era nuclear bunker that was carved out of a rock hill in downtown Stockholm."

    Wow, they must be expecting a serious counterstrike from the Pentagon :-)

    1. Keith Doyle

      Counterstrike? Ya never know...

      Acting irrationally may be an effective deterrent, but when it comes the US gov, often they're not just acting...

  10. James Pickett


    All the harrumphing by the Pentagon (and The Sun, natch) about security and ‘our brave boys’ (TM) merely draws attention to the nakedness of the Emperor. Such information is way too old to make much difference on the ground, and as for long-term strategy, it would be nice if we had one. This won’t affect the squaddies, but it might make people wonder how the spooks justify their existence in the information age.

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  12. moonface

    endanger lives argument.

    "The US government has long said that releasing such documents will endanger the lives of soldiers and civilians alike."

    The irony is that if more people actually see these files and analyse them, it will actually save more lives of both soldiers and civilians a like. As military procedures are scrutinized and more pressure is put on the troops being brought home.

    I would certainly recommend seeing last nights "Dispatches: Iraq's Secret War Files" for a quick overview and anylsis of the recent wikileak.

  13. Paul_Murphy

    I can't see..

    How publishing the truth can be prosecuted without the prosecutors looking even worse.

    The US and other military forces should be concentrating on doing a good job and maintaining the moral high-ground, rather than chasing people for leaking the truth.


  14. Michael 82

    All this but ...

    Nothing about our 'gray' friends JA??


  15. envmod


    surely there's a gag involving bulletproof mirrors and seven years' bad luck? i can't be bothered to work one out though.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think that....

    This is a some kind of ploy to bring Wikileaks within USA Jurisdiction for legal proceedings ??

    That could be a possibility.

  17. highlyevolved

    Why is this news???

    Why is this news??? I run the 'Flagfox' enxtension in Firefox which displays where the host server of a website is located. Admittedly it appears as a '?' for Wikileaks, but clicking on the icon this morning displays Dublin as the location and Amazon has the host. So maybe I landed on one of the mirrors in this instance.

    I wonder how much NetCraft were paid for their report? Given that Joe Public can find out anyway!

    Here's the link if anyone's interested

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