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Apple Gives WikiLeaks App the Boot

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 12-22-2010 Print
Claiming it violated developer guidelines, Apple removed an app that gave users access to classified cables released by WikiLeaks.

Apple joins the growing list of U.S. companies that have cut ties with WikiLeaks in recent weeks by removing an application from its online app store. The app gave users access to the documents posted on the whistleblower site.

"We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harms way," Apple said in a statement.

The WikiLeaks app for the iPhone and iPod Touch is an unofficial app and was not developed by anyone working for the controversial site. Along with giving users the ability to search through the leaked cables, users can get live updates from the site's Twitter feed and donate to the organization. The app also forwarded users to WikiLeaks mirrors.

As Wired noted, the app didn't do anything more than what was already possible using the Safari mobile browser.


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