Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., praised Amazon.com Wednesday for agreeing to terminate its relationship with WikiLeaks, which has come under fire for its disclosure of thousands of classified and other sensitive U.S. government documents.
According to Lieberman, Amazon.com hosted the WikiLeaks website but the firm has told his staff that it would cut its ties to WikiLeaks after its latest release of thousands of classified U.S. State Department cables. Lieberman said his staff contacted Amazon after learning from news reports that the firm hosted the WikiLeaks website.
"This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the WikiLeaks website," Lieberman said in a news release. "I wish that Amazon had taken this action earlier based on WikiLeaks' previous publication of classified material."
He urged other companies that WikiLeaks is using to disseminate classified U.S. information to also cut its ties with the group, saying its actions have "compromised our national security and put lives at risk around the world." Lieberman said he would be seeking additional information from Amazon about the extent of its relationship with WikiLeaks.
House Homeland Security ranking member Peter King, R-N.Y., who is in line to become the panel's chairman in the next Congress when the GOP takes control of the House, also praised Amazon's move but said it was "unfortunate that it took Amazon five months to terminate its relationships with WikiLeaks, and only after having political pressure applied."
In a statement, he added, "This situation should serve as an example for all private U.S. and international companies that conducting business with WikiLeaks is intolerable and against American interests."
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.