WIKILEAKS is reportedly planning to move its servers to international waters where nobody can touch them.
Sources from within the hacker community with knowledge of the inner workings of WikiLeaks claim founder Julian Assange’s financial backers are investigating ways it can evade prosecution from US law enforcement, Fox News reported.
“If you get a certain distance away from any land, then you're dealing with maritime law,” one source said.
“They can't prosecute him under maritime law. He (Assange) is safe. He's not an idiot, he's actually very smart."
The report says the “Principality of Sealand” - a former WWII era anti-aircraft platform off the coast of England - could be a possible location because it technically exists outside of the law.
Former British pirate radio broadcaster Paddy Roy Bates appointed himself Prince of Sealand in the 1960s in a constitutional monarchy.
A 1968 British court ruling placed it outside the UK’s jurisdiction but no nation has ever recognised its independence as a sovereign state or micro nation.
Bates’s son Michael who now holds the throne said it was “contrary to Sealand’s policy to divulge information on the people or companies we provide a service for, whether that be paid for or sponsored by the principality”.
CEO of Titan Information Group David Willson said Sealand operates “almost like a Swiss bank account” where businesses can rent server space on the island to hide what they’re doing.
But vice president for public policy at the Washington DC Centre for Democracy and Technology said that unless the people that founded and run WikiLeaks relocate to Sealand, it wouldn’t matter where the servers reside.
“Where the data resides isn’t what determines jurisdiction,” Mr Dempsey said.
“You prosecute real people, you don’t prosecute servers. So if the WikiLeaks people want to live on a platform in the North Sea and educate their children there ... for people who have lives, that doesn’t make sense.”
The Wikileaks servers are currently housed in Iceland and Sweden among other locations.