Apple has removed its iPhone and iPad app that enables viewing the whistle blower WikiLeaks site’s content and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account, from the App store earlier today. This was a paid app.
Though the WikiLeaks content is currently available for free, the app charged $1.99. It provided instant access to the world’s most documented leakage of top secret memos and other confidential government documents.
Thus Apple joins the bandwagon of big names such as Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Bank of America, who have disassociated themselves from WikiLeaks in the recent past.
Developer Igor Barinov has responded with the following official status update, showing that the app was indeed removed from sale.
However, the app was an unofficial one. It was available at the app store from December 17th onwards. When it went live, a lot of tech sites had reported about it.
The entry of the app generated much astonishment as well as suspicion since Apple is usually quite strict and at times uncertain about its app approval standards.