Wikileaks website blocked in Australia after blacklist leaked

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Australian users are not able to get into the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks for unknown reasons, in a sign that the Government has misused the ACMA blacklist to not let anyone have access to see which sites have been listed on the list.

As seen by techgeek.com.au, many of the websites include child pornography websites, but also several Wikipedia images, several porn websites hosted outside of Australia, YouTube accounts, and a MySpace profile. However, the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has put out a statement that the list is not the actual blacklist.

“The published list purports to be current at 6 August 2008 and apparently contains approximately 2400 URLs whereas the ACMA blacklist for the same date contained 1061 URLs,” Conroy said.

“There are some common URLs to those on the ACMA blacklist. However, ACMA advises that there are URLs on the published list that have never been the subject of a complaint or ACMA investigation, and have never been included on the ACMA blacklist.”

“ACMA is investigating this matter and is considering a range of possible actions it may take including referral to the Australian Federal Police. Any Australian involved in making this content publicly available would be at serious risk of criminal prosecution,” Conroy continued.

techgeek.com.au has refused to publish the link, in fear of prosecution and having our website added to the list of blocked websites,