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WikiLeaks switches domain after being booted

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December 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
WikiLeaks is having a hard time trying to keep its controversial website online as corporations and governments moved to cut its access to the Internet.The website has been under pressure for releasing thousands of secret documents containing information about foreign leaders, terrorism and nuclear tensions.

WikiLeaks switched over to a Swiss domain name, wikileaks.ch, because it was dropped by its U.S. domain name provider EveryDNS.

The U.S. provider withdrew service to WikiLeaks after it became a target of hackers. The provider said the attacks threatened the stability of its network.

WikiLeaks' new domain is accessible in the U.S. Two companies--one in France and one in Sweden-- host the Swiss domain name. On Friday, the French government moved to ban the site from French servers.

WikiLeaks has tried other servers as well. It used Amazon.com Inc's Web hosting facility to deal with all the traffic to its site. But Amazon gave WikiLeaks the boot on Wednesday after U.S. Congressional staffers started asking the company about its relationship to the controversial website. Amazon said it let go of WikiLeaks because it violated unspecified terms of service.

The United States has what Attorney General Eric Holder calls "an active, ongoing, criminal investigation" into WikiLeaks' release of the diplomatic cables. Holder that the release jeopardized national security, diplomatic efforts and U.S. relationships around the world.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is also under pressure as Sweden seeks his extradition in an investigation of sex-crimes allegations against him.

Assange, 39, is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. He has denied the allegations, which stem from his encounters with two women during a visit to Sweden in August.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.