Joe Lieberman, chairman of the senate homeland security committee, may be delighted with Amazon for cutting off access for Wikileaks, but its customers are not. There are growing calls for a boycott of the company — particularly as a review of the Wikileaks material has disclosed important information such as the efforts of the Obama Administration to block investigations into torture.
Lieberman, who is widely considered by civil libertarians as one of the most hostile senators to free speech values, reportedly had his staff pressure the company. Lieberman basically announced the discussion and, while saying that Amazon should have acted earlier, commended the company and called for all other companies to fall in line and cut the public off from the material.
Lieberman recently told news organizations what he expected in terms of coverage — announcing that Fox Business is my favorite and Fox generally, anything Rupert Murdoch owns.