The leaked cables drama continues as supporters for WikiLeaks is making progress with keeping the site and its creator, Julian Assange afloat. Tuesday, supporters took to Twitter calling for the boycott of the website because WikiLeaks was not trending. PayPal has also reconsidered the holding of WikiLeaks funds and hackers hijacked Credit Card Companies Mastercard and Visa.
After Assange surrendered himself to authorities, he was denied bail for a rape of two women in Sweden. The internet became a buzz. He is currently fighting extradition from Britain. The Guardian wrote that a letter sent to them from Women Against Rape, questioned the unusual zeal for prosecution and denial of bail for a crime that usually are not handled in such a harsh manner.
The article also points out that Assange may have success in fighting his extradition because the Swedish judge has to decide if the crime is an extraditable crime. It is hard to argue that Assange committed a severe crime worth extradition because he is currently not charged with any crimes. Lawyers claim that there must be a lack of evidence against him.
Tuesday there were many tweets and retweets calling for the boycott of Twitter because WikiLeaks messages were not released . All correspondence from that account stopped.
Tweets like “Tell Twitter to stop censoring #wikileaks ! #daywithouttwitter planned for tomorrow! #freeassange #imwikileaks #twittercensor #cablegate “ from @soubi_, buzzed on the site.releasing the WikiLeaks tweets.
PayPal also had to reconsider and in a statement released Wednesday, theyrevealed that no government agency directly asked them to shut off financial access to WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks supporters have waged a mini internet war by temporarily shutting down PayPal, Visa.com, and Mastercard.com
Chatter on the Internet complained that Visa and MasterCard took money from terrorist groups like the KKK but quickly shut down service to WikiLeaks. Their sites were temporally hacked on Wednesday. The Red Tape Chronicles reports that the group of hackers claiming responsibility for the credit card companies calls themselves “Anonymous.”
“On all sides, the attacks have been mostly a nuisance. Both Mastercard.com and Visa.com are more like virtual brochures, notwishstanding headlines that say, “MasterCard is down.” Knocking those Web sites offline didn’t interfere with the standard processing of credit card payments, for example. The PayPal attack was relatively harmless, also — the firm’s blog was disabled, but payments were not disrupted. Anonymous did cause real headaches for PostFinance, however, as the bank’s online banking site was disabled for the better part of a day.” the article reports
There is Speculation is that hackers feel a kinship the former hacker, Julian Assange. Others feel he might have premeditated this himself.