Unlike what the folk over at LewRockwell.com have been saying (Murphy, Rockwell, Kinsella, Rozeff) Amazon is not, in regard to the WikiLeaks affair, merely a victim of the state. Indeed it is true that if it had continued to host the WikiLeaks website it could bring upon itself the ire of the state. And that at the end of the day it has no obligation to host anyone, particularly when it could find itself under attack by brutes for doing so. However Amazon did more than just cease doing business with WikiLeaks.
Many other companies that bowed to state pressure and stopped their cooperation with WikiLeaks fall into the category of victims. That is because they did so quietly, making it obvious they were doing so for fear of reprisals or controversy. Amazon on the other hand accompanied their cessation of cooperation with WikiLeaks with a slanderous hatchet job worthy of a Fox News talk show host.
Perhaps senator Joe Lieberman demanded of them to cut lose WikiLeaks or else, however the hackery that was their press release for the occassion they published of their own accord. They did not need to beat the drums of the half-witted, anti-WikiLeaks hysteria, they added to it voluntarily when they took the opportunity to feign outrage and try to capture the moral high ground over men far better than themselves.
Part of their press release read:
"It’s clear that WikiLeaks doesn’t own or otherwise control all the rights to this classified content. Further, it is not credible that the extraordinary volume of 250,000 classified documents that WikiLeaks is publishing could have been carefully redacted in such a way as to ensure that they weren’t putting innocent people in jeopardy. Human rights organizations have in fact written to WikiLeaks asking them to exercise caution and not release the names or identities of human rights defenders who might be persecuted by their governments.”
“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.”
In the eternal struggle between power and freedom Amazon picked a side. They were not afraid of controversy, but came out with their tongues lashing - spreading nonsense and lies. They can retract their statement, or they are not worthy of being defended by libertarians or any other freedom minded folk.