Accused of Betrayal, Firm Becomes WikiLeaks Ally

CEO says it was time to 'put up or shut up'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Left wing party activists hold placards during a protest against the detention of Julian Assange, the founder of secret-spilling website WikiLeaks, in Bhubaneswar, India, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

(Newser) – EasyDNS found itself on the receiving end of the ire of WikiLeaks supporters after tweets and blog posts inaccurately accused it of cutting off service to the whistleblowing website—mistaking it for EveryDNS, a separate company, the New York Times reports. CEO Mark Jeftovic soon found himself trying to correct the mistake even as it spread from the blogosphere to national newspapers. Jeftovic said that he wouldn't have withdrawn his services if he had been providing them in the first place—and WikiLeaks noticed.

Jeftovic was eventually contacted by a WikiLeaks rep to host several domains used by the site. Given his former statements, the EasyDNS CEO decided it was time to "put up or shut up"—and became a supporter of the site he'd been linked to only by error. Jeftovic said it was disturbing that companies were being called on "to pull the plug, close accounts and otherwise deny service to what is, in the absence of formal legal charges against them, a perfectly legal entity performing legal activities.”

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