As its servers were shutdown by Amazon, its accounts removed by PayPal and its domain name taken away by everydns.net, WikiLeaks turned to the Twitter community to maintain its presence on the web.
While Wikileaks.org has been offline for several days now due to a hacking attempt and then officially pulled by host everydns.net, Twitter has helped to make sure that the recently released cables are still available online – on over 500 mirrored websites.
The official WikiLeaks Twitter account posted the following message on Saturday night, after it had undergone a series of attacks and saw its Amazon and PayPal support crumble:
#imwikileaks is a reference to the movie V for Vendetta, in which several thousand Londoners don the now infamous Guy Fawkes mask and watch in solidarity as the parliament building is blown up. The hashtag represents a symbolic anonymity and unity with WikiLeaks.
Using this hashtag, hundreds of Twitter users posted links to mirrored WikiLeaks sites. Yesterday afternoon, the official WikiLeaks site began compiling these links on the WikiLeaks Mirrors site, acknowledging 18 hours ago that 208 mirrors had been set up. This number has risen to 507 as of about 12pm, EST. ***UPDATE*** As of December 721:55 GMT there are now 1005 mirrors
This illustrates the huge groundswell of support that WikiLeaks generates on Twitter. Through just a handful of tweets, the organization was able to mobilize supporters to create over 500 mirrors, which will make it increasingly difficult for the US or other government to shut down the website permanently. Twitter appears to be a safe haven for WikiLeaks – at least for now.