WikiLeaks Leads To Spanish Government Web Crackdown U-Turn

Spain has refrained from passing a controversial law that could have allowed government crackdowns on websites promoting illegal file downloads.

According to Ars Technia, The 'Sinde Law', a part of the Sustainable Economy Bill, was rejected by the Spanish House of Representatives after a document from the WikiLeaks Cablegate files surfaced, explaining that the US bullied the Spanish government into making P2P file sharing illegal.

The Spanish Government had intended to make the request into law after the US put Spain's name onto the Special 301 intellectual property watchlist.

Spanish law currently allows citizens to use file sharing platforms such as websites and P2P services to share files.

After the details of the leaked US embassy document were published to the world, the controversial amendment failed to muster enough support to pass as law.