From Black Voices — All hell is breaking loose in cyberspace as supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attack the web sites of companies like PayPal and Mastercard that have stopped providing services for the site.
Businesses, including Amazon.com, began to sever ties with WikiLeaks after the group released a trove of diplomatic cables that revealed U.S. thinking on issues likeNorth Korea, Russia and China. The documents have caused the United States widespread embarassment.
U.S. government officials are investigating the possibility of filing criminal charges against Assange and he is also facing rape charges from two women in Sweden.
Assange’s supporters say the timing of the charges appear politically motivated. A WikiLeaks spokesperson said the refusal of Mastercard and others to allow use of the services the group uses to raise money amounts to an attack on free speech. Dubbed “Operation Payback,” a group of “Hacktivists” have been causing havoc at several sites. They even attacked Sarah Palin’s website.
“We are seeing growing support for us, especially in the last few days when we’ve had these outrageous attacks on us by companies that are bowing to political pressure from political forces in the United States,” Kristinn Hrafnsson told ABC NewsWednesday. “We are getting seriously close to censorship in the United States and that must surely go against the fundamental values that the country is based upon.”
But lawyers for the two women who have accussed Assange of rape say that they are being treated like they did something wrong.
“They were attacked by Mr. Assange and then they are treated like perpetrators themselves,” attorney Claes Borgstrom told ABC News. “He has molested them and then sacrificed them for his own interests.”