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Apple pulls WikiLeaks app from iTunes App Store

December 21, 2010 |  9:06 am

Julian After just three days on the iTunes App Store, Apple seems to have yanked a $1.99 WikiLeaks app.

The app, which gave users access to documents on the WikiLeaks site and also provided a live feed from the wikileaks Twitter account, became available Friday.

Russian developer Igor Barinov, who claims credit for the app, wrote on his wikileaksapp Twitter profile that it was “removed from sale” Monday night. The app is still available for Android users.

The blogosphere is now buzzing with speculation that Apple’s decision will now make it a prime target for hackers sympathetic to the whistleblower site and its controversial founder, Julian Assange.

Other companies that have cut ties with WikiLeaks -– including Amazon, MasterCard, Bank of America, PayPal and Visa –- have found themselves the target of cyber-attacks.

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Photo: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside Beccles police station in Suffolk, England, on Sunday. Credit: Paul Hackett/Reuters

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