The word has gone out that along with Amazon and PayPal, the DNS hosting company easyDNS revoked services for WikiLeaks. As a long time customer of easyDNS, I received an email this morning from them that clarifies the situation…with a nice twist.
First of all, it was not easyDNS but EveryDNS.net that was the provider that dropped WikiLeaks. Somewhere along the way, someone made a mistake and typed easyDNS when EveryDNS was meant and easyDNS has been busy explaining that they never had been providing service to WikiLeaks as they have come under criticism.
But on Sunday easyDNS was approached to provide DNS for WikiLeaks. I’ll let their words tell the story from here:
We did not take this decision lightly, and whichever side of the fence you fall regarding what Wikileaks is doing, after being falsely accused of unplugging Wikileaks and taking an enormous amount of backlash for doing so, we felt we did not have much choice in the matter but to forge ahead and take on this challenge…we think this is the right thing to do, and that is why we’re doing it.
(See this Globe and Mail story for more.)
I tend to agree with Bob Murphy and Lew that boycotting Amazon and other victims of state bullying in this matter makes no sense. But I don’t think there is anything wrong with saying this: I’ve been a customer of easyDNS for years and can recommend their service if you need your domain name managed somewhere. They are likely to lose some U.S. customers who unfortunately think that patriotism means devotion to Americans’ greatest enemy: The U.S. government. Now would be a great time to support their brave stand.11:42 am on December 9, 2010 Email Stephen W. Carson