I posted earlier in the week that Richard Tomlinson's old blog had gone in a puff of smoke. I wondered if he had just stopped blogging, or if big brother had swooped in. It was the latter.
Following the suspension of Richard Tomlinson's blog by Typepad, it is clear that the British authorities have again attempted to silence his campaign to reveal the unpleasant characteristics of MI6. This time the London Metropolitan Police have succeeded in closing down Richard's blog.
...says the blog I just read. So I follow the links and find Richard's new blog. He's back. He has put all his archives back up, and he has printed the message Typepad sent to him when they pulled his blog down on behalf of the Met:
It has been brought to our attention that your weblog located at http://richardtomlinson.typepad.com is currently in violation of TypePad's Terms of Service, specifically of sections 7(a) and 7(e).
We have received this notification from the London Metropolitan Police and they have requested that the website be suspended and your access to the account discontinued per section 4(3) of the Terms of Service.
Unfortunately, when we receive a notification of this type, we have no choice but to comply. For this reason, we have suspended your account and suspended public access to the website.
Richard tomlinson's plight is one I'm following with great interest, because Richard is using online user-generated (some say social) media to battle against a high profile bunch of MI6 and Met Police chappies. But there is another message to his and my readers: you now know how easy it is for a blog to be pulled offline if someone disagrees with what's written on it.