Here’s Amazon’s rationale for banning Wikileaks:
We’ve been running AWS for over four years and have hundreds of thousands of customers storing all kinds of data on AWS. Some of this data is controversial, and that’s perfectly fine. But, when companies or people go about securing and storing large quantities of data that isn’t rightfully theirs, and publishing this data without ensuring it won’t injure others, it’s a violation of our terms of service, and folks need to go operate elsewhere.
This means that no real media outlet can host its files on Amazon. The New York Times, Talking Points Memo and even Radar Online regularly post original files that aren’t “rightfully theirs”, and sometimes their stories may “injure others”.
Though Amazon denies it, let’s not pretend that Lieberman’s call to ISPs to stop hosting Wikileaks didn’t have something to do with this. We live in a corpotocracy where corporations curry favor with DC players who cut them breaks in legislation. Bernie Saunders or Ron Paul can issue press releases all day, and corporations can ignore them because they don’t really control any serious money. But when Lieberman speaks as the chair of Homeland Security, he also speaks as a guy on top of one of the biggest pots of gold in that dirty old town. Corporations listen to him.
Media has yet to catch a clue, but it’s bloody obvious to anyone paying attention. Internet transit in this country is controlled by a few large corporations. Those corporations are beholden to a few legislators in key positions. When one of those guys decides that a plug needs to be pulled, the corporation will pull it. Lieberman used enough code words to make it happen. Others are watching, and they’ll use those words the next time some media outlet publishes something they don’t like.