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Thailand Blocks Access To WikiLeaks Website

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Thailand blocks access to WikiLeaks website

BANGKOK (AFP) -- Thai authorities have used their emergency powers to block domestic access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website on security grounds, a government official said Wednesday.

The order came from the government unit set up to oversee the response to political unrest that rocked the nation's capital earlier this year, a spokeswoman for the Information and Communication Technology Ministry said.

"Access to this website has been temporarily suspended under the 2005 emergency decree," she said.

Thailand has removed tens of thousands of web pages from the Internet in recent years, mainly for insulting the monarchy, a serious crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

A special cyber crime agency has also been set up to stamp out online criticism of the royal family.

Emergency rule, enshrined in Thai law since 2005, was imposed across many parts of Thailand during two months of anti-government protests in Bangkok from mid-March that left 91 people dead, ending with a bloody army crackdown.

Authorities have used the decree, which remains in place in seven out of Thailand's 76 provinces including Bangkok, to arrest hundreds of suspects and silence anti-government media.

Wikileaks has been the focus of international attention in recent weeks after it released thousands of military documents on the conflict in Afghanistan.

These included claims of meetings between Pakistani spies and the Taliban and that civilian deaths caused by international forces were covered up.

They also included the names of some Afghan informants -- prompting US military claims that the leaks endangered lives.

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perax    0

This is most likely not related to the afghan papers, as this site was blocked before these document were released. If you look under the 'Thailand' section on that site you will find an obvious reason for it being blocked.

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Now that it seems official (was blocked before, probably illegally) we will soon see lots and lots of Thailand related Information to be released, that makes the Doggie in The Video irrelevant.

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BillR    56

or because there are videos there of some pretty powerful people in Thailand in some compromising positions.

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lannarebirth    2,886

or because there are videos there of some pretty powerful people in Thailand in some compromising positions.

Yeah, probably the pooch's party. Funny, I've never looked at wikileaks.org before so when it said it was blocked I checked. It doesn't seem to be.

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Boater    636

as the above posters mention, anyone who has view the website will now perfectly well why it was blocked , and it aint cos of USA security leaks

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Boater    636

or because there are videos there of some pretty powerful people in Thailand in some compromising positions.

Yeah, probably the pooch's party. Funny, I've never looked at wikileaks.org before so when it said it was blocked I checked. It doesn't seem to be.

i just looked as well and working perfectly for me on 3BB, even those it was blocked before

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horsewell    107

I'm in Thailand and it's not blocked for me.... but other sites are. I wonder if it's upto the ISP to do these things!?!

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TAWP    361

Try actually looking at some of the leaked documents, the ban (block/redirect) does *not* seem to be against the front page, that works on many ISPs. However, sub-pages, articles, search-listings, are often redirected it seems.

And some ISPs are faster than others...

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Boater    636

you would have thought someone would have checked before annocing this :whistling: now everyone will look at the website and see the real reason it was blocked,

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blazes    843

I've just tried accessing

http://wikileaks.org/

No can do.

While this will not affect tourism, it is probably a better indicator of the political situation in this country than any amount of Yellow and Red demonstrations.

It is always a sign of the decline of the ruling class when it has to resort to censorship of this kind.

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Marvo    50

I'm in Thailand and it's not blocked for me.... but other sites are. I wonder if it's upto the ISP to do these things!?!

Blocked here in Hua Hin 3BB (TT&T) :angry:

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SamritT    59

I never hard of this site. Thanks. now I already watch the video of the powerful people. now i know why it should be block. But many people know how to use proxy servers to go around.

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srisatch    0

I never hard of this site. Thanks. now I already watch the video of the powerful people. now i know why it should be block. But many people know how to use proxy servers to go around.

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