updated 06:25 am EST, Tue December 21, 2010
Could spark retaliation from supporters
Apple has pulled an unofficial Wikileaks app from the App store for the iPhone and iPad without explanation. The paid $2 app purported to offer users the ability to get “instant access to the world’s most documented leakage of top-secret memos and other confidential government documents.” Just as interesting as the app’s disappearance is that it made it through Apple’s notorious approval process in the first instance. Developer Igor Barinov supplied TechCrunch an image of the official Apple status update (included below).
The removal of the app from the Apple app store is the latest in a string of high profile companies who have tried to distance themselves from Wikileaks. Apple now joins Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Bank of America in putting space between themselves and the controversial whistle blowing site.
Apple will have weighed the decision to remove the app against a possible backlash from Wikileaks hacktivists who have already launched web attacks on the Mastercard and Visa websites. [via TechCrunch]