Whistleblower website WikiLeaks, came back online with a Swiss name on Friday around six hours after its wikileaks.org domain name was shut down because it was suffering massive cyber attacks.
“WikiLeaks moves to Switzerland,” the group declared on Twitter, although an Internet trace of the new domain name suggested that the site itself is still hosted in Sweden and in France.
WikiLeaks has come under repeated cyber attacks since it began on Sunday publishing more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables, many of them “secret”, that the website is thought to have obtained from a disaffected US soldier.
The cyber attacks have come on top of broadsides from governments around the world after diplomats were left red-faced by the often unflattering revelations in the massive leak of US State Department cables.
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has described the leak as “an attack on the world” and on Thursday expressed her regret to Argentine President Cristina Kirchner and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari over their content.
The original wikileaks.org domain was taken offline at 3.00am GMT on Friday by its American domain name system provider, EveryDNS.net, following reports of massive attacks on the site.
The latest technological setback for the site came after Amazon booted it from its computer servers on Wednesday following pressure from US politicians, prompting the site to move to a French server.
“Free speech the land of the free — fine our dollars are now spent to employ people in Europe,” WikiLeaks said. “If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the First Amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said last month that he was considering requesting asylum in Switzerland and basing the website in the fiercely neutral country. “That is a real possibility,” Assange said when asked whether he and the website might relocate, adding that Switzerland, and perhaps Iceland, were the only Western nations that his outfit feels safe in.