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Apple attacks WikiLeaks, yanks iPhone app from app store

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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‘Pure and simple evil’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika destroy Trump’s ‘racist and illegal’ taunts against Omar

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski warned that President Donald Trump's attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were both illegal and racist -- as well as an incitement to violence.

The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were appalled by the crowd's reaction -- chanting "send her back" -- to Trump attacks at a Greensboro, North Carolina, rally.

"Republicans shamed themselves by not calling racism, racism," Scarborough said. "I saw some people actually write columns that used to be respected trying to excuse the president's language and saying it's not racist, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that Donald Trump oversees that enforces laws against discrimination, specifically outlined such language that the president used last night and that his crowd used last night as an example of bias."

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Blood-soaked ‘It’ sequel jolts Comic-Con to life

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San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with a chorus of shrieks -- and gallons of blood -- as New Line Cinema unveiled spine-chilling footage from "It: Chapter 2," the sequel to the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

The Warner Bros-owned studio used Wednesday's preview night of the world's largest pop culture fan gathering to showcase its concluding film of Stephen King's 1986 novel about a terrifying clown who lurks in the sewers, preying on children's most nightmarish fears.

The adaptation was split into two by director Andy Muschietti -- the first part, released in 2017, took a stunning $700 million at the global box office.

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Neglected and dirty, ‘Christ of Theft’ statue poses dilemma for Peru

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A giant statue of Jesus Christ that looms over Lima is causing controversy in Peru because of its financing by the graft-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and late ex-president Alan Garcia.

The 37-meter (121-foot) acrylic and concrete structure, which cost $800,000, is viewed by some as a symbol of corruption, giving rise to a local nickname 'Christ of Theft.' Thousands are demanding its removal.

A few weeks ago, the Es Momento (It's Time) non-governmental organization began a campaign to have the statue, which sits on the Chorrillos mountain to Lima's south, taken down.

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