Saturday, December 11, 2010

Assange Distances Himself From WikiLeaks Cyber Attacks

Julian Assange, the jailed founder of WikiLeaks, is distancing himself from the cyber-attacks on MasterCard, Visa, and other organizations deemed hostile to him and WikiLeaks.

In a telephone interview with on Thursday evening, Mark Stephens, a defense attorney for Assange, said his client, whom he visited in a London jail Thursday, denied responsibility for or knowledge of the attacks on various companies and organizations that been subjected to on-line attacks since Assange was arrested and denied bail on Tuesday.

“He told me that he did not order the attacks and that he was surprised by them,” Stephens said. “He said he was not happy about the cyber-attacks…because he believes in openness and free speech."

A growing list of companies and organizations -- from MasterCard to the Swedish Prosecutor’s Service, which issued an international arrest warrant for him, have suffered on-line attacks by what appears to be hackers sympathetic to Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks. But Stephens said that Assange did not know or approve of such cyber-offensives.

The cyberattacks on the companies appear to have been coordinated by “Anonymous,” a loosely affiliated activist Internet hackers who have singled out other groups for such attacks before, among them, the Church of Scientology.

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