SAN FRANCISCO – In a case with First Amendment implications, a federal judge has ordered off the Internet a Web site that specializes in posting confidential information. The site, Wikileaks.org, asks contributors to post material that shows unethical behavior by governments and corporations.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ordered the site disabled in a case brought by Julius Baer Bank and Trust, a Cayman Islands Bank.
The bank claimed that a “disgruntled ex-employee who has engaged in a harassment and terror campaign” posted stolen documents in violation of confidentiality agreements and banking laws.
Judge White ordered Dynadot, the domain name registrar, to take down the site and barred it from transferring the information to another domain name.
Bank Julius Baer & Co., of Switzerland, and Julius Baer Bank and Trust, of the Cayman Islands, sued Wikileaks early this month, claiming it had published confidential, stolen and forged bank documents on its Web site, Wikileaks.org. Courthouse News reported that lawsuit on Feb. 7.