WikiLeaks denies closure rumors

Posted by Emma Woollacott

WikiLeaks has denied allegations that it's closing down, after submissions to the site were suspended.

Over the weekend, somebody claiming to be a Wikileaks insider posted a message on Cryptome - another whistle-blowing site - pointing out that submissions had been disabled and claiming that founder Julian Assange had no plans to restore the website.

"We have been told that WIKILEAKS will be launching a completely new site hosted in Iceland," the message read.

"However, Assange would not provide any time lines, or any indication of user options and facilities." 

But the whistle-blowing site has denied this in a message on its Twitter account.

"WikiLeaks will NOT be abandoned," it reads. "Don't listen to disinfo being spread! We'll issue clarifications soon. Should've done earlier."

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been on the run from US officials after releasing a film on the site. The film shows a US massacre in Baghdad under the command of General Petraeus which left nearly 100 civilians dead. He's also believed to have classified documents relating to the incident.

Last month, US soldier Bradley Manning was arrested for the leak.

Wikileaks has been suspended before: earlier this year it was temporarily shut down after running out of funds.