Wikipedia.com turns 10 years old – But is Wikileaks.com going to drop?
A very interesting combination of events have happened during the first two weeks of 2011, both related to Wikia, Inc.
As the largest free encyclopedia online, Wikipedia turned 10 years old on January 15th. It currently boasts 400 million users and it’s the 5th most visited web site on the Internet, according to Google.
Wikia Inc. also happens to own Wikileaks.com.
Despite the attempts by Wikia Inc. to transfer the domains over to Julian Assange, who had launched Wikileaks.org using the motto “The Wikipedia of Secrets” – an obvious violation of the Wikipedia trademark – the Wikileaks founder has yet to take possession of the domains!
Jimmy Wales says:
“We transferred the domains to them but they never completed the technical part. All they needed to do was sign in and complete the transfer but they have never done it.”
Both Wikileaks.net and Wikileaks.us expired on January 3, 2011 and they are “pending renewal or deletion“, according to the standard GoDaddy page that is displayed, full of ads.
The mystery, however, appears to be the actual state of Wikileaks.com – the underlying data at the Registry show that the domain has been renewed, despite the claim by the Wikia Inc. founder that it will not be renewed as well and that all three domains will be abandoned and dropped.
GoDaddy has stopped giving free access to its data to various WHOIS tools and the underlying Registry data can be viewed at Network Solutions, where indeed the expiration date for Wikileaks.com is in 2012.
A very strange situation indeed!