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December 3, 2010 No Comments

(NewsCore) – Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks came back up Friday morning on a Swiss network after being terminated by its American domain host.

Some leaked cables were still not loading on the new www.wikileaks.ch site, but they were viewable for the most part after the six-hour shutdown.

“WikiLeaks moves to Switzerland,” the group declared on Twitter, although an internet trace of the new domain name suggested that the site itself was still hosted in Sweden and France.

The website simultaneously generated extremely high traffic and the wrath of world leaders when it began leaking a stream of some 250,000 secret government cables Sunday.

“WikiLeaks,org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks,” WikiLeaks tweeted earlier, after its website went offline for the third time in a week.

A WikiLeaks spokesman told Sky News it would be back “soonish.”

EveryDNS.net confirmed in a statement on its website that it took WikiLeaks, which it had hosted for four years, offline. “EveryDNS.net provided domain name system (DNS) services to the wikileaks.org domain name until 10PM EST, December 2, 2010, when such services were terminated,” it said.

EveryDNS.net said the services were canceled because hosting WikiLeaks was affecting the sites of other EveryDNS.net-registered domain names and that this was in violation of its terms of service.

“The interference at issues arises from the fact that wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other websites.”

It said it sent WikiLeaks a 24-hour termination notification email.

WikiLeaks was also dropped by host Amazon.com on Thursday for violating its terms of service.

On the same day, Sweden said it would issue a new international arrest warrant for the website’s founder Julian Assange over allegations of rape and molestation.

Australian-born Assange has not been seen in public since Sunday, but he is reportedly at a location in southeastern England.

Assange was not on the run, his London-based lawyer Mark Stephens said.

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