Apple pulls out WikiLeaks app from App Store

Apple on Tuesday removed an unofficial WikiLeaks app from its App Store three days after its release

The app, which gave instant access to leaked top secret government documents and confidential memos, featured old and recent updates that also include WikiLeaks tweets and the website formatted for the iPhone and iPad.

It offered access to the WikiLeaks content for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store.

The App description stated: "Internet democracy requires funds to stay strong. By purchasing the WikiLeaks app, you donate 1 dollar of the purchase price towards organisations that work to promote the future of online democracy."

Developer Igor Barinov said on Twitter that Apple removed the app without furnishing any reason. He had earlier said that half of the money raised from sales of the app would be donated to the whistleblower site and claimed $1,000 had been raised by Sunday, mostly from US sales.