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  • Apple Removes Controversial WikiLeaks App



    It comes as less than a shock to many that Apple has pulled the unofficial WikiLeaks iPhone application from the App Store. What is surprising, however, is that Apple allowed its entry in the first place. Released just days ago, the controversial app in question costs $1.99 and serves up access to the documents that make WikiLeaks what it is.

    The application - while not officially affiliated with WikiLeaks or its founder Julian Assange - also connects users with the @wikileaks official twitter feed. But as of today, those who click the app's link in the App Store get the following message: "Your request could not be completed. The item you requested is not available in the US store."

    The move may put Apple at risk for a distributed-denial-of-service attack, of DDoS, from Assange supporters. A DDoS attack floods a target site with external requests, making it nearly impossible for the site to function normally. Hackers sympathetic to Assange have claimed credit for similar attacks on Amazon and PayPal.
    The app's developer Igor Barinov confirmed that Apple has yanked the app from the App Store. Apple itself is yet to respond to formal requests for comment on the matter. Of course, Apple isn't alone in its appetite for distance from the controversial website and all related materials. Since November, the likes of Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, and Bank of America have ended all business, banking, and financial relationships with WikiLeaks.

    Washington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Removes Controversial WikiLeaks App started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 84 Comments
    1. monkey87's Avatar
      monkey87 -
      Very true, these people make it not so fun. It's not much of a big deal apple took this out of the app store as there are wikileak mirrors all over the internet anyways. If apple didn't take the app out it would probably send the public a bad message that apple supports it since apples apps must all be approved before release. So all apple is doing is protecting themselves, which you can't argue was a smart move by apple.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Forgoten Dynasty View Post
      Wiki leaks is the worlds greatest example of net neutrality. The internet is becoming more and more closed every day.


      Apple is leading the to the downfall of net neutrality. Censorship on the internet violates freedom of speech and is unconstitutional. Our Government is betraying us.
      Of all the uncontroversial stuff they censored purely for their gain (the Android-based news app for example), you're going to call them censoring crooks for banning one to prevent being called supporters of a controversial group? If they didn't, all the hatred from your opposing side would be going towards them. Not too smart to leave it up, is it?
      Also, get real. If I wanted, I could go create a blog right now about how I worship gerbils and that the governments are demons out to steal everyone's souls. There will always be rebels (like jailbreakers, and yes, WikiLeaks) to reopen any closed spaces anyway. Heck, there's even rampant piracy in a market where the majority of software is $.99. The internet isn't becoming closed.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      If you feel the need to debate then keep it clean.

      Also just for your knowledge no posts have been removed from this thread. Only posts edited were those that cannot debate without insults. Keep the insults out.

      Also this is a privately owned forum. Items can and will be removed/edited if deemed necessary.

      But if you keep it clean and leave insults out then nothing will be removed or edited.


      This news article was simply posting a news item about the Appstore. Modmyi has posted many of these types of articles. Why would this one be different to leave out?
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Just to add, Messany posted a newsworthy article....others turned it to a flame war. Not his fault.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Thanks, Cer0.

      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      Just to add, Messany posted a newsworthy article....others turned it to a flame war. Not his fault.
      Yes, but he should have known. With some of the people on this site, even the article about the apple.com splash screen became partly flame war, partly an argument for and against music piracy, and one guy had an incoherent rambling with no punctuation that went from iTunes to 'God Delusion' being a halfway decent book. Most of the rest of it was just people whining about how it wasn't big enough and was overhyped.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I know I'm going to get flamed for this but I'm glad wikileaks is under so much fire right now. I understand alot of you guys and gals opinions about freedom of speech and censorship and I do agree with most of it but I also think the government should keep secrets. If we know what is going on then not so friendly countries know what's going on. So some secrecy is nessasary. I like our (USA) government it's better then some others. IMO it's like I like hamburgers but I don't want to know everything in the process to go from cow to big Mac. If it works that's all I need to know.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by monkey87 View Post
      Why is everyone crying about it being off topic? It's fun!! I love when people argue. If you don't like it don't read it.
      This site is not for people to come on and argue about news.

      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I know I'm going to get flamed for this but I'm glad wikileaks is under so much fire right now. I understand alot of you guys and gals opinions about freedom of speech and censorship and I do agree with most of it but I also think the government should keep secrets. If we know what is going on then not so friendly countries know what's going on. So some secrecy is nessasary. I like our (USA) government it's better then some others. IMO it's like I like hamburgers but I don't want to know everything in the process to go from cow to big Mac. If it works that's all I need to know.
      I agree, some things are better left unknown. Had wikileaks never come out I'd still have been living my life normally.
    1. LordBrian's Avatar
      LordBrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Crafty42 View Post
      http://www.voanews.com/english/news/WikiLeaks--Files-Reveal-Location-of-US-Tactical-Nukes-in-Europe-111060394.html

      U were saying?
      I worked with the LANCE nuclear missiles in europe during the 1990's and they were all well sign posted. Nothing NEW was revealed.

      And remember it was allegedly a US Soldier who leaked the docs not Wikileaks.

      Also Wikileaks is not one person but a collection of academics, journalists and other professionals not just Assange.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      They should have left the app in the store. If there can be fart apps there should also be wiki leaks apps.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by BHX View Post
      They post quite a bit of sensitive government information that's been leaked. It's quite a shame so many businesses are on this censorship spree. If the government doesn't want us to know about thongs, they probably shouldn't be doing them.
      I'm usually pro-thong.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      +1 for thongs although they can be uncomfortable at first.
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Forgoten Dynasty View Post
      Go read the wiki leak documents before you post crap like this. Honestly the dumbest post I have ever read.

      Wow learn learn some basic networking. Its not thaeasy.
      Wow, learn some basic manners. Feel like a bigger man putting as many people down as possible? Come see me some day and I'll knock you back down a few pegs.

      I'm not saying wiki has posted many things that have jeopardized the lives of our troops and people, but there is no one censoring what wikileaks puts up for the world to read. Yes, some information should be revealed to the public, but Assange is not the judge and jury of what that material is. Many documents are marked confidential because it contains information that could reveal more than your two neurons can comprehend.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Someone once told me NEVER discuss politics or religion with anyone but close friends and family. After reading most of the posts here, sounds like sage advice.

      @ the guy that mentioned Abu Gryab (my apologies I can't remember the name), please dude. That's not torture. Go check out some of the tactics used by foreign policing/intelligence agencies and get back to me.
    1. monkey87's Avatar
      monkey87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      This site is not for people to come on and argue about news.

      Why don't you go cry about it! If this had been a religous app pulled out of the app store people would all be arguing about their beliefs, rights, and their opinions. If you forgot this is an Internet site which anyone can visit and post what they think about a topic, so debates like this are bound to happen. If you don't like it don't read, it's your choice.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      It's not like wikileaks published confidential information about something like the Watergate cover up. They published information that would identify people in hostile countries as providers of information.

      In some place like Iran that would mean that person and most likely their entire family would be killed. There is nothing noble about their efforts, there are limits to free speech (no yelling fire in crowded theater).
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by LGgeek View Post
      It's not like wikileaks published confidential information about something like the Watergate cover up. They published information that would identify people in hostile countries as providers of information.

      In some place like Iran that would mean that person and most likely their entire family would be killed. There is nothing noble about their efforts, there are limits to free speech (no yelling fire in crowded theater).
      Most of the information does fall under this category, but not all. The most talked about wikileaks article in Canada is the one where the former US ambassador to Canada made fun of Canadians and said we have an inferiority complex
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by BHX View Post
      @jahooba
      How about I show you videos of white phosphorous or flamethrowers or depleted uranium shells or the ******* h-bomb while we talk about your goddamn "morals". They think they're doing the right thing as much as our soldiers do, dumbass. But they don't kill civilians.
      Normally I read all responses before adding my own comments...

      This however really offended me.

      I live in America (I'm assuming you do not) and saw what happened on 9/11. Saw "ground zero" afterward, saw the bodies being carted away, saw the memorials for lost fire-fighters, saw a lot.

      These people DO NOT believe our civilians are innocent, they don't believe we deserve to survive. They DO kill civilians... They just try to kill hundreds at a time.

      The ONLY reason they haven't won is BECAUSE of the "military-industrial complex" that provides EVERY modern society with the weapons AND defenses we rely on to deter more attacks.

      You think weapons like M-16s are manufactured by soldiers? Designed by some military "think-tank?" They are designed by companies that specialize in weapons. Without the contracts for those weapons, or the companies that make them, we would still be fighting with swords!!

      Do you honestly think you'd be safe in Afghanistan without a military escort?

      America owes it's freedoms and very existence to our military.

      Europe ALSO owes IT'S very existence to America!! Without us, Germany would have been the first to obtain nuclear weapons, and France would still be cowering like a bunch of pansies!

      I don't believe that we should be the world's police, and I don't like most of the decisions our politicians have made in the last 20 years.

      We have things like Depleted Uranium, nuclear weapons, missile defense systems, special-forces, and CIA operatives because the rest of the world almost fell apart. Now they take a giant crap on us, and expect that we are just going to sit back and let them do it again?!?

      I say, bring all of our troops home. Stop helping anyone financially, militarily, or otherwise. I say, let them find out how fast Israel is wiped out. Let them find out what it's like to keep the U.N. running, without America paying a lion share of their bills. Let them find out how bad Africa gets without BILLIONS worth of US aid every year.

      THEY CHOSE US, not the other way around. We were asked repeatedly, to help the Europeans in WWII, and we declined because of the WWI aftermath. Only when Japan attacked us, did we get involved.

      After WWII, THEY came to us, time and time again.

      So, while we used 2 atom bombs on Japan, none have been used on people since, the number of people killed is still far less than the number that Germany killed in concentration camps. It's far less than the number of women who are: raped, beaten, circumcised, or have their breasts cut off. It's far less than the number of people who will die if these neanderthals, "who don't kill civilians," have free reign.

      People forget what they owe this country.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      ^It's because people are getting fowl-mouthed and angry. It's an embarrassment to this site and the jailbreaking community. People should be able to talk without name calling and mindless trolling. I bet many of these people wouldn't say the things they do if this were a real intelligent debate and not just a free-for-all flamewar environment. The off-topic-ness is just the icing on the annoying and bitter cake! I love to come here and joke and help people, not defend myself and others against people calling names like bi** boi and crap. Then you have the people wearing tin foil hats wanting to believe the government is trying to kill everybody.
      These things are going to happen. This is a community, not a singularity. We're not all going to agree with each other all the time, and contrary to the new popular belief, debate is healthy.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      These things are going to happen. This is a community, not a singularity. We're not all going to agree with each other all the time, and contrary to the new popular belief, debate is healthy.
      I'm talking about the mindless flaming that's going, not the debate. Read my damn posts next time. I'm leaving this thread and never looking at it again, say what you want.
    1. llmo128's Avatar
      llmo128 -
      Troops killing and having fun doing it? Helping growing drugs? It's like a video game?

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