The search for traces in the Bitcoin archives leads us to the disclosure platform Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. It is December 10th, 2010. The first block of the Bitcoin Blockchain is about to turn 2 when Satoshi Nakamoto – the unknown inventor of the cryptocurrency – writes one of his last entries in the Bitcoin Talk forum.
Attacks on Wikileaks disclosure platform
A few days earlier, on December 6, 2010, the disclosure platform Wikileaks had reported “massive attacks” in a blog entry. To protect themselves from this, the operators had asked the community for help:
“[…] we need your help to prevent Wikileaks from ever disappearing completely from the Internet. If you have a Unix-based server that provides a website on the Internet and you want to provide Wikileaks with some of your resources, you can help.”
The platform 355 founded by Julian Assange then set up new so-called mirror sites, i.e. websites that copy the content of Wikileaks. The idea is that the duplication or decentralized distribution of the content means that it can be better protected against external access. And that seemed bitterly necessary. Because the digital pillars on which the platform had stood had already wavered several times in advance. For example, Amazon had previously failed to use its web space.