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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/21/2010

WikiLeaks app pulled from Apple Store, still up on Android

By Hayley Tsukayama

Apple banned the $1.99 Wikileaks app from its app store Tuesday, only 10 days after approving it on Dec. 11.

The app, which provided real-time updates from the official WikiLeaks Twitter account and access to Leaked documents, was available for download as of Dec. 17. According to Information Week, Developer Igor Barinov said the app raised more than $,1000 by Dec. 19.

TechCrunch said It is unclear whether Apple believes that the app violated its Terms of Service, or whether the computer giant was joining Bank of America, MasterCard, Amazon and others in denying Wikileaks a platform.

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.

iPhone users are unable to get to the app directly (if you're interested in a workaround, the Guardian has a link to one that "borders on the edge of legality), but interested Android users can still download WikiLeaks apps from the Android store.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 21, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
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Well this helps convince me that my next smartphone purchase will be a Google Droid and not an Iphone. The only thing corporations understand is a financial punishment so it's easy today to do that and purchase from a competitor. I liked the Droid better and it has better reviews than the Iphone so it's not punishing me to punish Apple.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 21, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Proofread your damn articles before you post.

And why not do an article about how links on the WP homepage routinely take you to the incorrect article? Or about how today Gerson's column was labeled Cohen?

I thought the guys at WP were the experts. Maybe you should stick to print?

Posted by: antispy | December 21, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I heard The move may put Apple at risk for a distributed-denial-of-service attack, of DDoS, from Assange supporters.

Posted by: Darr247 | December 21, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

So now, the king of computer toys is censoring what we can access on the internet?

George Orwell was so right. The corporation is now the government.

We have become such mullets in America. Just keep feeding us those tax breaks and platitudes and easy credit.

Posted by: wesatch | December 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Since Apple are the fascists of the computer world, it's not the least surprising that they'd censor Wikileaks, no doubt at the request of the US government.

Freedom of information doesn't sit too well with Apple's corporate culture, wherein you are not allowed to even change the batteries in your portable devices. "You vill use our products OUR way, or you vill not use them at ALL!"

Posted by: info53 | December 21, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"Be Evil"

Posted by: laboo | December 21, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Apple Store won't censor my new KKK app either. Freedom of speech!

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, guys, though, this is such ZOMG censorship. The total censorship here explains why the app was made available and then pulled. The pulling of the app obviously has nothing to do with Apple's no-solicitation-of-donations-within-apps policy. Maybe if Wikileaks weren't in it for the money...

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Kidding about Wikileaks being in it for the money. What Assange really wants is people stroking his ego. Have you seen his dating profile and those emails he sent to the chick in Australia? Dude is desperate for some lovin'. Fortunately, he knows that making himself out to be an enemy of the state is a great way to get millions of people to uncritically worship him.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

You all are nuts! The app is not even WikiLeaks' app. It's someone taking advantage of WikiLeak's stuff for their own financial gain. Of course it should be pulled. Could you imagine if someone took your twitter feeds and sold them in an app to millions of people for money that you didn't authorize.

Posted by: AdonisSMU | December 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I just returned all the Apple products that I bought for my children this holiday. Back out shopping tonight it is!

Posted by: MPR22 | December 21, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

And anyone who took the time to read through Assange's dating profiles has absolutely no clue what's really important in life anyway. I can't believe anyone would even mention something so completely immaterial. Go watch Dancing with the Stars and leave this stuff to the adults.

Posted by: MPR22 | December 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"And anyone who took the time to read through Assange's dating profiles has absolutely no clue what's really important in life anyway."

Well, they are just falling for the government's ploy to discredit him with the ignorant mob, as they are intended to. Notice how all the media fall right in line and portray him as a vaguely elitist menace, so the mob will instinctively shun him? "We don't know who he is, but we don't like his smirk".

But the joke's on them and the government spooks. Assange is setting himself up as a diversion. Wikileaks is decentralized, and it's obvious they are driving the government nuts, seeing how much propaganda machinery has been brought to bear to discredit Assange. In other words, he's winning.

Posted by: info53 | December 21, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Happy Holidays to your kids, MPR! I hope they're excited that their presents have been sacrificed on the altar of a mildly informed political crusade.

There's obviously nothing germane about Assange's dating profile, other than how painfully obvious it is that the guy loooooves himself. Like, a whole lot.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

EVEN THIS COMMENT BY ME IS WRITTEN BY A CIA OPERATIVE DISGUISED AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN WITH AN OPINION!!!!

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I like that Apple is worried about its "rep".

AppleHaters.blogspot.com

Posted by: fakedude1 | December 21, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'm trolling really hard right now. But seriously, Wikileaks is not that big a deal. Diplomats think Putin is an alpha male and that Berlusconi is a sleaze? Say it ain't so! How on earth did people in positions of such power get access to information only known to anyone who follows foreign affairs?! Nothing in the leaks has changed anything. But Assange is awesome at getting people riled up, which then lets him play victim.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

It's a conspiracy, man! It's, uh, like, a conspiracy!

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

There must be some mistake. Don't you mean China pulled them?

Posted by: jato11 | December 21, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The proof of how Wikileaks is successfully screwing with the spooks is the simple fact of Assange's survival.

If he was critical to the day-to-day operations of Wikileaks, he'd simply disappear.

Instead, he's set himself up as the face, so there's no point in whacking him now. It wouldn't disrupt Wikileaks at all, and the spooks would just make a martyr of him.

Posted by: info53 | December 21, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Not too cool; Siding with Power against Ethics.

Posted by: hjarten1 | December 21, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, though, Assange's dating profile and emails are some of the few pieces of unfilitered information we have about him. Based on those bits of scientific journalism, I think it's safe to say he's an insufferable self-love machine. And now he has all of you to stroke his ego too! And to tell him that he's dangerous and important too. What a happy couple.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Some random Russian person creates an app and claims half the proceeds will go to Wikileaks. He also creates a "wikileaksapp" handle on Twitter at the same time and sits back as folks fork over their cash to his account in Russia. None of you find this suspicious and when Apple questions it and pulls the plug you jump on the bandwagon and question their motives. The Wikileaks site is up and running, donate money to them directly by any of the mechanisms that still work if you must. You can get to it via Safari, your iPhone or your Mac.

Posted by: geotherm21 | December 21, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

THE ONLY THING THAT THE CIA IS CONCERNED WITH RIGHT NOW IS BRINGING DOWN THE MAN WHO PUBLISHED A BUNCH OF FILES THAT TWO MILLION PEOPLE HAD ACCESS TO ANYHOW AND WHICH HAVE NO APPARENT POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

If Assange was Arab, or for that matter anything but white, would the same people be cheering him on?

Posted by: JoeOvercoat | December 21, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If Assange were a loony 90-year old guy, would the same people be cheering him on?

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd really like to know why Apple decided to approve the app 10 days ago, and then what it was that changed their minds.

Posted by: Silver_Money | December 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"None of you find this suspicious and when Apple questions it and pulls the plug you jump on the bandwagon and question their motives."

So Apple is just plain stupid as well as heavy-handed? They vet apps constantly PRIOR to publishing them, but this time they let a controversial one through without question, then eventually catch on?

Posted by: info53 | December 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Apple has lost my business until they reverse this decision. The more people know more of the truth, the better off we all are.

Posted by: BillNM | December 21, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"So Apple is just plain stupid as well as heavy-handed? They vet apps constantly PRIOR to publishing them, but this time they let a controversial one through without question, then eventually catch on?"

Yeah! The CIA did it!

The moral of the story for corporations is to never have anything to do with WikiLeaks in the first place, because any attempt to enforce terms of service will cause lots of very paranoid people to become very mad at you. In the meantime, looks like Sally won't buy little Suzie that iPad with her MasterCard this Christmas! Hey, maybe if we can get Microsoft to do something against Wikileaks, we'd get their supporters to completely abstain from buying computers, which would really set back the movement. OR IS THAT THE CIA PLAN?????

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

YOU GUYS I FIGURED OUT THAT THIS IS JUST A CIA PLOY TO GET WIKILEAKS TO STOP BUYING COMPUTERS!!!!

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Fight back by buying all the computers you can this holiday season!

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I just bought seven Apple computers on Amazon through PayPal! Fight back against the CIA's deception campaign to make you stop using these vendors!

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I am consistently amused by the reaction of abject panic in the uneducated and willfully ignorant when introduced to the idea that a given issue may be more complex than they are comfortable with, or that things aren't always as they are led to believe.

They cling desperately to their simplistic world view, in terror of actually finding out how large, scary, and complicated the world really is.

Posted by: info53 | December 21, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"I am consistently amused by the reaction of abject panic in the uneducated and willfully ignorant when introduced to the idea that a given issue may be more complex than they are comfortable with, or that things aren't always as they are led to believe.

They cling desperately to their simplistic world view, in terror of actually finding out how large, scary, and complicated the world really is."

I completely agree! The simplistic "government is always evil, transparency is always good" stuff is just too much. If only those people know how large, scary, and complicated the world really is! And yes, it's amazing how uneducated and willfully ignorant WikiLeaks supporters can be when introduced to the idea that Assange may not be the hero they fashion him to be.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It really boggles my mind that people find it a good thing that Assange posted this information. Do people really believe that all information should be public, and that secrecy has no place in diplomacy or government affairs? Why this information was readily available to so many people is a mystery, and someone should be punished for that. It also appears that much of it is more smoke than fire, but the fact remains that our diplomats, and yes, our "spooks" need to be able to assess foreign leaders and honestly discuss their positives and negatives among themselves without fear of disclosure. Rest assured that the rest of the world's diplomats and spooks are doing the same regarding our government, our leaders and our industries. If they feel the need to be secretive, surely our tipping our hand regarding where we stand regarding opinions of world leaders, trade negotiations, etc. puts us at a disadvantage. Heck...half the people on here who think its a good thing would be screaming if their local football team's draft assessment or scouting report on an opponent became public. This would seem quite a bit more serious, yet all I see is people saying government should have no secrets.

Posted by: moontwpman | December 21, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Apple for doing what's right in spite of the well financed bullying and threats from the non-transparent WikiLeaks organization and their anti-everyone-but-me mentality.

Posted by: TomMiller1 | December 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Comes to something when a Chinese Communist sees a less censored media than a citizen of the good old US of A.

Posted by: walker1 | December 21, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

SAD that WIKILEAKS can't get the Important Information OUT about the Criminal Globalist $BANKsters,- and the members of the U.S. CONGRESS in $Bed with them. -- Taht would be very Important & Patriotic NEWS!! - Come on WIKILEAKS-- WE-the-People in AMERICA need Your' HELP in un-covering these Criminal FEDERAL RESERVE THUGS- and their' Criminal PALS- the $Swaps / DERIVATIVE PUSHERS - whom caused the $Economic RAPE of the American REPUBLIC!

Posted by: jward52 | December 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The proof of how Wikileaks is successfully screwing with the spooks is the simple fact of Assange's survival.

If he was critical to the day-to-day operations of Wikileaks, he'd simply disappear.

Instead, he's set himself up as the face, so there's no point in whacking him now. It wouldn't disrupt Wikileaks at all, and the spooks would just make a martyr of him.

Posted by: info53 | December 21, 2010 1:22 PM

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Martyr or not, it would really be satisfying to see him whacked.

Posted by: robert17 | December 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The proof of how Wikileaks is successfully screwing with the spooks is the simple fact of Assange's survival.

If he was critical to the day-to-day operations of Wikileaks, he'd simply disappear.

Instead, he's set himself up as the face, so there's no point in whacking him now. It wouldn't disrupt Wikileaks at all, and the spooks would just make a martyr of him.

Posted by: info53 | December 21, 2010 1:22 PM

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Martyr or not, it would really be satisfying to see him whacked.

Posted by: robert17 | December 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-money/story?id=12394736&tqkw=&tqshow=NL

Watch his former coworkers at WikiLeaks talk about how Assange is in it for the money and publicity.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has boughtin to the Apple cult gets no sympathy from this corner. Why would you want to buy a product that has to be used the way the maker dictates. Yes,dictates!

Posted by: jimmykraktov | December 21, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The "A" in CIA? APPLE!!

Posted by: shabbyreader | December 22, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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