WikiLeaks lashed out at Amazon on Friday for kicking the whistleblower website off its servers, accusing the US company of lying and being "cowardly."
The accusations came after Amazon broke days of silence and provided its first explanation for its decision to no longer provide Web-hosting services to WikiLeaks.
Amazon Web Services, in a message on its website, said it cut off WikiLeaks because it had violated the company's terms of service and not because of any government pressure.
WikiLeaks fired back at Amazon with a message on its Twitter feed. "Amazon's press release does not accord with the facts on public record. It is one thing to be cowardly. Another to lie about it," WikiLeaks said.