Apple earlier this week removed a $1.99 WikiLeaks app which housed, among other documents, all of the U.S diplomatic cables that generated waves of controversy upon their release just a few weeks ago. But it’s not as if those documents are impossible to read on the iPhone. Indeed, the iTunes App Store is filled with news apps which allow users to read the aforementioned leaked documents on their mobile device. Besides, the documents are publicly available all over the web.
Explaining their position, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told the New York Times, “[We removed the app] because it violated our developer guidelines. Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or group in harm’s way.”
But let’s put the wisdom of Apple’s most recent decision aside for a moment and look at something a whole lot more interesting – a Taiwanese tabloid’s animation of said events.
In the video below, courtesy of Next Media Animation, we see an animated Steve Jobs aggressively pushing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the App Store. After returning to the App Store, Jobs is greeted merrily by a contingent of companies who have had their run-ins with WikiLeaks, including Visa, PayPal, Amazon, and Bank of America. Flash forward to Assange, now on the outside looking in, whipping out an Android phone and firing up WikiLeaks on his device.