December 09, 2010
The WikiLeaks story has snowballed so quickly and dramatically that it can be hard to keep track of everything that has taken place. In an attempt to sort all this out, CSO has constructed a timeline of events, starting with the most recent news and working back to when the story first gained our attention in late November.
What follows is taken directly from articles that have appeared on CSO since the story broke on Nov. 28.
We will update the timeline in the days to come. DEC 9: A loosely organized group of Internet hacktivists take down Visa's website, continuing the revenge attacks against companies that cut ties with WikiLeaks. DEC 8: Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Pentagon Papers, comes to the side of WikiLeaks, lauding the site for trying to expose government secrets. Pro-WikiLeaks hacktivists turn their DDoS firehoses on MasterCard and Paypal for dropping support for the site. Datacell, an IT firm that hosts the Wikileaks donations web page, vowed to sue Visa Europe and Mastercard for lost revenues after they refused to transact with the site. DEC 7: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is arrested by U.K. police after turning himself in to authorities. Visa pulls the plug on WikiLeaks supporters' ability to make donations or payments to the site. DEC 6: Google's struggles to operate its search engine in China worsened after a high-ranking Chinese official Googled himself only to find "results critical of him," according to a new cable WikiLeaks released. MasterCard pulls the plug on WikiLeaks supporters' ability to make donations or payments to the site. WikiLeaks asks the Web community to open mirror sites so it can't be downed or censored. It also boasts that 355 new sites are already up. A DDoS attack hits Wikileaks' servers in Sweden DEC 4: PayPal slaps WikiLeaks accounts with stifling restrictions for "violating the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy" DEC 3: WikiLeaks' main website is rendered inaccessible on through the WikiLeaks.org domain name after a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Services kills its domain name service. WikiLeaks publishes a U.S. State Department cable revealing how Intel threatened to pull research and development work from Russia unless it could get around the country's tough encryption import laws. DEC 2: Amazon Web Services (AWS) boots WikiLeaks from its servers for "breaking rules designed to ensure websites use their own content and that it won't injure others." Amazon denies the action is due to pressure from the U.S. government. Sweden's Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal from Wikileaks' Julian Assange to throw out an arrest warrant related to sexual assault accusations from two women. Sarah Palin, considered by many as a Republican candidate for president in 2012, says WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange should be hunted down the same way U.S. forces are hunting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.