That’s the allegation. So let’s take a brief look at the evidence….
First, I go to my command line:
$ host wikileaks.org
wikileaks.org has address 126.96.36.199
wikileaks.org has address 188.8.131.52
wikileaks.org has address 184.108.40.206
wikileaks.org has address 220.127.116.11
wikileaks.org mail is handled by 1 mx.wikileaks.org.
I recognize all of those addresses as belonging to RIPE, the European number assignment registrar. So I go see who they belong to:
$ whois -h whois.ripe.net 18.104.22.168
% This is the RIPE Database query service.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
% The RIPE Database is subject to Terms and Conditions.
% See http://www.ripe.net/db/support/db-terms-conditions.pdf
% Note: this output has been filtered.
% To receive output for a database update, use the "-B" flag.
% Information related to '22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199'
% Abuse contact for '188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206' is 'email@example.com'
inetnum: 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168
status: ALLOCATED PA
remarks: abuse-mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
source: RIPE # Filtered
org-name: Mir Telematiki Ltd
address: Barabannii pereulok 4/4
address: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
phone: +7 495 369 9796
fax-no: +7 495 369 9796
source: RIPE # Filtered
person: Peter Chayanov
address: Moscow, Russia
phone: +7 495 369 97 96
% Information related to '22.214.171.124/24AS49335'
descr: NCONNECT-NET direct announce
% This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.88 (WAGYU)
Bingo. Wikileaks is hosted in Russia.
But, you say, there’s private hosting companies in Russia, surely Wikileaks is just paying for hosting there?
Not so fast. You don’t run a controversial web site in Russia without the approval of the Putin regime. It is not done. Like the 34 journalists who reported things that Putin did not want reported. It’s just coincidence that they reported things Putin didn’t want reported, and ended up dead. SNERK!
So: Wikileaks is operating out of Russia with the full approval of the Putin regime. Stick that up your pipe and smoke it, already.
Not that this excuses the fact that we had enough dumbasses in enough states who believed the Russian disinformation campaign who voted for Putin’s lapdog for President, thereby putting President Putin in charge of the United States in all but name. But that’s another issue.
– Badtux the “Yeah, the Russians did it” Penguin