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December 9, 2010

Amazon happy to host WikiLeaks book on Kindle

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by Darren Allan

While Amazon Web Services gave the WikiLeaks site the boot and stopped hosting it last week, it seems that the online retail giant is happy to flog a WikiLeaks e-book containing 5,000 of the leaked cables that have caused so much controversy.

The UK Kindle store has Heinz Duthel’s snappily titled “WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies; All cables with tags from 1- 5000” up for an asking price of £7.37 (which Amazon takes a cut of).

Many customers are predictably riled, as the spirit of WikiLeaks’ work is the free distribution of the material. Tags on the e-book include “hypocrite” and “profiteering”, and 109 reviews have sprung up for the title, 89 of which are scathing one star flames of Amazon’s ethics here.

One reviewer wrote: “Sooooo… Amazon won’t host Wikileaks, but they’re ok to make money on Wikileaks’s back. I liked Amazon till now. I don’t anymore. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. This is unbelievable…”

The book is currently number 104 in the paid Kindle store, number 17 in the non-fiction section, and number 2 in politics and current affairs.

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