Amazon stops hosting WikiLeaks after US Congressional intervention

"If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of sel

Web hosting and e-commerce company Amazon has stopped hosting WikiLeaks after the US Congress enquired about the site's association with the whistleblower site, Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman told the AP on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Julian Assange's controversial website was running its website, which released classified military and diplomatic documents, with the help of Amazon's web services.

Anyone with a credit card and an internet connection can reportedly sign up for and start using Amazon web services.

WikiLeaks recently approached Amazon's web services to release thousands of sensitive documents after computer attacks hit its servers in Sweden, a report in The Wall Street Journal added.

The US government slammed WikiLeaks for publishing documents that it said puts several lives and national security at risk.

In response to Amazon's withdrawal of services, WikiLeaks tweeted: "WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted. Free speech in the land of the free--fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe".

"If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books," another WikiLeaks tweet read.