More Joe Lieberman-caused Internet censorship

Glenn Greenwald
Dec. 04, 2010

Following up on my post from earlier today about Joe Lieberman's Chinese-replicating Internet censorship efforts (and please read that first for the context), I wanted this to be highlighted separately: The New York Times reports that another company has now capitulated to Lieberman's demands:  "a Seattle-based software company, Tableau, which provides a free Web platform for interactive graphics, removed charts uploaded by WikiLeaks in response to Sen. Joe Lieberman's public statement that companies should stop helping the whistle-blowers."  Tableau issued a statement, which reads in part:
Wednesday afternoon, Tableau Software removed data visualizations published by WikiLeaks to Tableau Public. We understand this is a sensitive issue and want to assure the public and our users that this was not an easy decision, nor one that we took lightly...

Our decision to remove the data from our servers came in response to a public request by Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, when he called for organizations hosting WikiLeaks to terminate their relationship with the website.
I just spoke with the creator of the "visualizations":  a British freelance journalist named James Ball.  The only thing these "visualizations" presented were charts summarizing the material released by WikiLeaks (for instance, the charts counted the documents which originated from each country, the number of documents by year, and the like).  These charts contained no classified information whatsoever, and disclosed nothing about the content of the cables.  It was the completely innocuous work of a freelance journalist to inform the public about the categories of documents released.  Those charts were then linked to from the WikiLeaks site, but hosted separately by Tableau.

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