In a move that smacks of political pressure being applied by one or all of the countries whose web blacklists has been published on the Wikileaks site the homes of Theodor Reppe; the owner of the German domain registration for ‘wikileaks.de’, was raided by German police. In raids on homes in Dresden and Jena purporting to be investigating the distribution of pornographic material and discovery of evidence.
Wikileaks states that Mr. Reppe has no involvement with the website other than sponsoring the domain name and mirroring a collection of Wikileaks US Congressional Research reports. As well Mr. Reppe maintains one of the most popular anonymous proxy servers in Germany.
Wikileaks told news.com.au it’s not clear whether the raid was initiated after complaints from Australia.
“The raid is over the censorship lists, but which particular list, we can not be certain, although the Australian lists are the most recent and the most prominent due to their non-voluntary status.”
In the past week, Wikileaks published three lists all purporting to be the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA’s) blacklist of websites.
While ACMA and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy last week denied the list belonged to ACMA, they both warned that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) would investigate its distribution.
The lists contained apparent links to child pornography websites, gambling sites, as well as relatively innocuous sites including those of a dentist and canteen manager.
Wi8kileaks has stated that if Mr. Conroy goes ahead with the investigation they would go after him based on current Swedish laws; which is where Wikileaks is located, which are highly protective of press confidentiality making it a chargeable offence against anyone trying to breach those rights.