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Après Amazon (son hébergeur) et Bank of America, c'est au tour d'Apple de rejoindre le camps des opposants du site de révélations d'infos WikiLeaks pour le moins controversé . " Les applications doivent respecter les lois locales et ne pas mettre un individu ou un groupe particulier en danger ", déclare Apple pour justifier le rejet de l'application, qui permettait de suivre depuis un iPhone le flux d'infos déversé par le site. Cette même application, vendue 1,99 $, donnait également accès au compte Twitter de WikiLeaks.
Apple has removed an unofficial Wikileaks app from sale in the iTunes App Store just five days after it went live. WikiLeaks App went live on 17 December - meaning Apple will have approved it - offering access to the site's leaked documents and the latest updates from the official Wikileaks Twitter account. It automatically forwards to mirrored Wikileaks content and gives full access to CableGate information. Developer 'Igor Barinov', or @wikileaksapp on Twitter, said the app was removed "without reasons' by Apple. He'd earlier said that half the money raised from sales of the app, which cost $1.99, would be donated to Wikileaks and claimed $1,000 had been raised by Sunday, mostly from US sales. Barinov appears to be based in Russia.
Corporations are being pressured to behave more ethically and transparently as a result of the increasing influence of Julian Assange's scientific journalistic enterprise, WikLeaks. Public relations professionals in Germany say that trying to sit out the storm is no longer a strategy for success in a post-cablegate world. In the wake of the removal of Galileo CEO Berry Smutny and Rudolph Elmer's handover of banking data to Wikileaks , the German public relations portal PR Professional defines three reasons why WikiLeaks is dangerous for corporations, and advises them on how to avoid coming into difficulties resulting from potentially damaging disclosures. According to Jörg Forthmann of Faktenkontor , WikiLeaks is dangerous to corporations because: 1. Until now, it has not been proven that WikiLeaks has published any falsified information acquired from its sources, and journalists are becoming less and less critical of the validity of WikiLeaks sourced documents.