WikiLeaks disappears from the internet

Founder claims development is an example of "privatisation of state censorship"

Just days after Amazon pulled the whistle-blowing site from its servers, WikiLeaks has been taken off the internet entirely. In a major development of the ongoing saga, the California-based internet hosting provider Everydns dropped DNS support to WikiLeaks at 3am GMT on Friday.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange called it a "serious problem" and an example of "privatisation of state censorship". He warned that "these attacks will not stop our mission, but should be setting off alarm bells about the rule of law in the United States".

Everydns claimed that hacking attempts targeting WikiLeaks was causing interference to the service being provided to other users. As a result the website had broken their terms of service, which led to it being cut off.

Until it gets a new DNS service, access to WikiLeaks is not possible. The site is appealing for donations to "keep us strong" via Twitter.