Apple Inc. removed an application from its online store that lets people view material from WikiLeaks.org on an iPhone or iPad tablet computer.
“We removed the WikiLeaks App from the App Store because it violated our developer guidelines,” said Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple. “Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or target group in harm’s way.”
By removing the $1.99 application, Apple follows other companies in blocking access to WikiLeaks, the site that publishes classified documents. EBay Inc.’s PayPal stopped processing payments to the group and Amazon.com Inc. dropped the site from its website-hosting service. Visa Europe Ltd., MasterCard Inc. and Bank of America Corp. have also suspended payment processing for WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks released about 250,000 classified diplomatic cables in November that the U.S., U.K. and France have said could endanger lives. In July it leaked records from the Afghan War, and in October it disseminated Army field reports from Iraq.
The WikiLeaks application removed by Apple let users view leaked documents, according to technology blog TechCrunch, which reported the removal earlier.
Apple’s Muller declined to say why the application was originally approved.