eNom is best known as the domain registrar that complied with the federal government's order to shut down a Spanish travel agency because it did business with Cuba — the agency was not under U.S. jurisdiction and so was hardly violating U.S. law, but their domain was registered in the United States, and that was good enough for the feds.
Although eNom's culpability in that incident is doubtful, since they were probably under orders from the federal government, their involvement in the shutdown of Wikileaks.info was not so innocent.
In a nutshell, bank Julius Baer was able to get a court order shutting down Wikileaks.org, but not wikileaks.info, which was a mirror site not mentioned in the TRO. However, learning of the court order against wikileaks.org, eNom apparently took it upon themselves to shutdown wikileaks.info as well — without a court order of any kind.
Wikileaks made repeated requests — and then demands — to eNom asking them to identify who, if anybody, had told them to lock the wikileaks.info registration, and what claims had been made. When eNom failed to answer, Wikileaks issued their call to boycott. Wikileaks accuses eNom, and their parent company Domain Media, Inc. , of a pattern of censorship and other unethical practices that goes beyond the shutdowns of Wikileaks.info and the Spanish travel agency.
Related link: CNET: Survey: Are domain registrars free-speech friendly?
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