Twitter refuses to deal with the Wikileaks problem
(WIREUPDATE) — In the coming weeks and months Twitter will need to answer why it has continued to allow WikiLeaks, the international so-called journalism organization that specializes in releasing classified documents, to use its service to spread those illegally obtained files.
In a recent US Army intelligence report the government warned Twitter could be means for terrorists to communicate among each other. The document, which was obtained by Mashable, gave three scenarios for how Twitter could be used to promote terror world-wide. The first scenario involved terrorist spreading information to others to help facilitate attacks against military targets.
Several US Congressmen including Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) have raised concerns regarding the existence of WikiLeaks and the national security risks it poses both abroad and here in the United States. King has even gone as far as wanting the website labeled as a Terror Organization.
On November 28, 2010 in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman Peter King (R-NY) recommended that WikiLeaks be classified as a Foreign Terrorist Organization for what King perceived as terrorist activities in the obtaining and releasing of classified military documents. “By the sheer volume of the classified materials released,” King wrote “rendering harm to the United States seems inevitable and perhaps irreversible.”
“The Department of Defense has already recognized that WikiLeaks’ dissemination of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents affords material support to terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al Shabaab, and Hezbollah,” King reasoned.
On December 1st, 2010 Amazon.com kicked WikiLeaks off their premium hosting service. The decision to kick off WikiLeaks website from its services came after U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman questioned the relationship between Amazon and the controversial site. Lieberman added that committee staff contacted Amazon on Tuesday demanding an explanation.
“The company’s decision to cut off WikiLeaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material,” said the Senator after knowing Amazon’s action. “I call on any other company or organization that is hosting WikiLeaks to immediately terminate its relationship with them.”
In response, WikiLeaks posted on its Twitter account that if Amazon does not want to do business with them, the organization will instead spend its money in European countries. The site also criticized the lack of free speech in the so-called land of the free.
Twitter’s own Terms of Service state, “You may use the Services only in compliance with these Terms and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations.”
Twitter is turning a blind eye by continuing to allow WikiLeaks to use the service as a means of communication and spreading the documents they illegally obtained.
“WikiLeaks’ illegal, outrageous, and reckless acts have compromised our national security and put lives at risk around the world. No responsible company – whether American or foreign – should assist WikiLeaks in its efforts to disseminate these stolen materials,” said Sen. Lieberman.
We’ve made numerous attempts to get a comment from Twitter about WikiLeaks’ usage of their social network. Needless to say, our e-mail box has remained empty.