Turkey has a pretty detailed history of banning
websites that it doesn't
like, so the news that it's now blocking Wikileaks
hardly comes as a surprise. After all, following the failed coup attempt
, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wasted no time in moving forward with what appears to be a somewhat vicious crackdown
on tens of thousands of people. So, when Wikileaks suddenly released 300,000 emails
from the Turkish government for anyone to search and explore
, it's no surprise that all access to Wikileaks was quickly blocked.
Of course, it seems at least marginally noteworthy that, just a few months ago, the European Court of Human Rights had ruled that at least one of Turkey's internet bans, on YouTube, had breached the right to information
. Of course, with Erdogan's activities this week, you get the feeling he doesn't care much at all what the European Court of Human Rights thinks about his actions right now.