Apple attacks WikiLeaks, yanks iPhone app from app store

By David Edwards
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 10:51 EDT
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Update: Raw Story confirms that the WikiLeaks app is still available on the Android Marketplace

Only a few days after its release, the unofficial WikiLeaks iPhone application has been removed from Apple’s App Store.

For $1.99, the app offered access to documents on the WikiLeaks website and the @wikileaks twitter feed.

When clicking on the app’s link, the app store returns with the message, “Your request could not be completed. The item you requested is not available in the US store.”

Details for the WikiLeaks app can still be seen in Google’s cache.

Tech Crunch noted that while the secrets website and founder Julian Assange are controversial, the app didn’t seem to violate Apple’s terms of service (TOS).

Developer Igor Barinov confirmed that the app had been removed from the store.

“The status of the following app has been changed to Removed From Sale,” a message from Apple told Barinov.

Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment from Cnet.

In recent days, Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Bank of America and others have stopped doing business with WikiLeaks.

“It’s a new type of business McCarthyism in the US to deprive this organisation of the funds that it needs to survive, to deprive me personally of the funds that my lawyers need to protect me against extradition to the US or to Sweden,” Assange told AFP Saturday.

The WikiLeaks founder was arrested in London earlier this month on accusations that he sexually assaulted two women. He was freed on bail pending a legal fight over extradition to Sweden.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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