Julian Assange Says Using Amazon to Host WikiLeaks Servers Was All Just a Free Speech Test

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Infamous WikiLeaks head and human-elf hybrid, Julian Assange, took the internets today for a live chat with the UK's Guardian newspaper. Besides ripping his home country of Australia, the United States and diplomats from seemingly all walks of life, he contends that when he partnered with Amazon.com to host WkiLeaks' cloud servers, it was actually all just a test of how committed Amazon was to free speech. Test result: fail.

In responding to a question about whether getting kicked out of countries and out of company's business portfolios was actually a good thing for WikiLeaks, Assange writes:

Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit inorder (sic) to separate rhetoric from reality. Amazon was one of these cases.

Assange had already blasted Amazon in a Tweet after his site was given the boot earlier this week, calling them "cowardly" and alleging that they lied about the reasons for WikiLeaks' ouster.

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That's all well and good, but claiming that his use of Amazon's server space was nothing more than a high-browed attempt at making them prove they are indeed free speech defenders, seems a bit hard to swallow.

What's more likely the case is that Amazon gave WikiLeaks a home when it needed one. And now that the site has been shown the door (as unceremonious as the escort was), Assange is rightfully bitter.

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