HttpRetriever - throws and does not fetch the site in KNIME 2.12.2 but works in 2.11.3


trying to retrieve a side ( via the HttpRetriever fails and the following message is shown:

WARN  HttpRetriever        2:11       Error retrieving Exception for URL "":

You can easily reproduce this error on  KNIME 2.12.2 (I have OS Win7 ) with the following WF:

'Table Creator -> HttpRetriever' - using the link as the only cell in the Table Creator node

Executing this WF under KNIME 2.12.2 results in the above WARN - Error and no result is fetched (the 'Result' column is empty '?')

But executing this WF under KNIME 2.11.3 works fine - no WAR and the Result is fetched!!!