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PublicIntelligence.net Taken Down Over Complaint

The website publicintelligence.net was taken down by its hosting company after yet unknown complaints by an unknown institution.

A mirror, current up to August 18, is available at publicintelligence.info.

Shutting down such sites one by one is a strategy.
The Public Intelligence group has published many official reports of public interest that were kept secret from the public. Among those were more than 90 reports of U.S. local Intelligence Fusion Centers, documents from NATO and the UN and information about the collaboration of law enforcement and intelligence services with companies like Facebook and Microsoft.

From the About page:

Public Intelligence is an international, collaborative research project aimed at aggregating the collective work of independent researchers around the globe who wish to defend the public's right to access information. We operate upon a single maxim: equal access to information is a human right. We believe that limits to the average citizen's ability to access information have created information asymmetries which threaten to destabilize democratic rule around the world. Through the control of information, governments, religions, corporations, and a select group of individuals have been able to manipulate public perception into accepting coercive agendas which are ultimately designed to limit the sovereignty and freedom of populations worldwide.

According to Public Intelligence tweets their shut down down server is hosted in the Netherlands by Leaseweb. PI says:

There have reportedly been "complaints" about content on the site. That's all we know at this time.

Leaseweb is not know to take down websites only due to complains. In 2007 it took a court ruling to force them to take down some bittorrent sites. One wonders what threats came with that unknown complain about Public Intelligence.

As John Young of Cryptome.org remarks:

Public Intelliigence is a rare gem. Support it. Shutting down such sites one by one is a strategy.

I concur.

Please spread the word about this.

Also, to elevate the issue, it may help to contact Leaseweb and to ask why they took down Public Intelligence. Let them know that people are aware of this and care. But please be friendly, it is probably not their fault.