Lieberman, Collins praise companies for cutting off WikiLeaks

Several of the firms, including Paypal, Visa and Mastercard, have been the target of denial of service attacks. According to the Associated Press, a 16-year-old has been arrested in The Hague, Netherlands, in connection with the attacks. Amazon.com, which booted WikiLeaks off its servers after reported pressure from Lieberman, has braced itself for a similar onslaught.

The senators say the firms acted appropriately in cutting off WikiLeaks, which they say has jeopardized national security. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is currently under arrest in London over allegations he sexually assaulted two young women in Sweden. He has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight extradition.

“Companies that are cutting off their services to Wikileaks in the wake of its release of 250,000 stolen and classified State Department cables are doing the right thing as good corporate citizens and deserve the support of the American people," the senators said. "The Wikileaks data dump has jeopardized U.S. national interests and the lives of intelligence sources around the world."