Julian Assange has announced that WikiLeaks deliberately chose to place its servers on Amazon’s AWS platform to “separate rhetoric from reality” concerning its policy on free speech.
In a live Q&A session hosted on The Guardian’s website, Assange said: “Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit in order to separate rhetoric from reality. Amazon was one of these cases.”
WikiLeaks had moved its servers to the AWS platform after being hit by a renewed Denial of Service (DoS) attack, which peaked at 10 gigabits per second, but was pulled on Wednesday after Amazon reportedly found the whistle blowing site to have broken its terms of service.
In a statement, Amazon claimed that WikiLeaks does not own all the rights to the classified content it publishes, and that they did not believe that the 250,000 documents could have been redacted to prevent placing innocent people in danger.
In response WikiLeaks tweeted: “Amazon's press release does not accord with the facts on public record.”
“It is one thing to be cowardly,” the site said. “Another to lie about it.”