MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire company thrust into the international spotlight over its connection to the WikiLeaks website is using the state’s “Live Free or Die” motto to explain its actions.

EveryDNS, which was acquired by Manchester-based Dyn Inc., in January, had been directing traffic to the website, but it pulled the plug on WikiLeaks’ domain Thursday after cyber attacks threatened the rest of its network.

In a statement today, the company insisted it was not taking a position on WikiLeaks – which posts secret government documents online – and said it believes in New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die” motto.

Dyn Inc. started 12 years ago in a college apartment and has grown to 56 employees. It serves 4 million home, small business and corporate users.