• http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    And now that Julian Assange has threatened to disclose all of the raw, unedited files (thus potentially increasing the danger that any sources of intelligence may face from retribution) we have seen this entire affair is all about Assange’s ego and the truth has once again become a victim rather than a cause.

  • http://tekgems.com Sun W. Kim

    This seems like a good time to start thinking about p2p web hosting, or other ways to distribute content in an easy and reliable, hardened to DDoS attacks. It really seems a shame that any organization regardless of the content they serve could be damaged just on a whim of organized crime or government. I know there are p2p technologies like freenet or public CDN like Coral CDN (nyud.net). Maybe its time for us to devote more resources to a public CDN so information distribution can remain reliable.

  • http://www.theotherthomasotter.wordpress.com Thomas Otter

    Super article, one suggestion.
    I’d suggest that there is no copyright on these documents. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_status_of_work_by_the_U.S._government

  • http://www.ericgoldman.org Eric Goldman

    Materials authored by federal government employees are not protected by copyright. See 17 USC 105. However, the government can claim that the republication of the materials is criminal, in which case 47 USC 230 may not protect the search engines. Eric.

  • http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    WIkipedia, the final arbiter of all facts found on the Internet, at least seems to think (for now) that the U.S. government owns copyright over its materials in other countries — hence, even by that bizarre standard Wikileaks is violating copyright.

    But distributing classified documents is a felony. Now that the insurance file has been distributed to tens of thousands of misguided fools around the Internet, there can be no doubt concerning Wikileaks’ criminal intent and behavior.

  • http://www.no1onsports.com Antonis Kon

    I think the point of this article is to show the quick change that Bing took in manipulating the searches -with the help of humans and not algorithms- and pointing the people to the right result, not about the wikileaks story as itself. So i feel some of the comments are not so relevant.

    Bing did it and got it right…its giving the people the answer they are looking but i am not sure google is following the right path now. I think this story shows how Bings people are reacting faster right now to satisfy there customers.

  • Lucia Amuoralzg

    I would say Google has the right idea in pointing to the IP and not any particular URL. The DNSs are more likely to crack than the server itself. Otherwise ‘they’ would have gone for that.