WikiLeaks supporters struck back Wednesday at perceived enemies of founder Julian Assange, attacking the websites of Swedish prosecutors, the Swedish lawyer whose clients have accused Assange of sexual crimes, and the Swiss authority that froze Assange's bank account.And this is what happens when these fools get upset: they disrupt the lives of every other person, involved or not, innocent or guilty, in an attempt to make noise and act tough. Just like the folks at the many, many G20 protests that end up turning peaceful, motivated demonstrations into near-anarchy, which only forces the hand of people in positions of power to do some things that no one wants them to in order to keep the peace, and by doing so, they galvanize public support against them, and then give themselves more reason to act as they do. These people are their own worst enemy. This "vengeance campaign" is no different.
MasterCard, which pulled the plug on its relationship with WikiLeaks on Tuesday, also seemed to be having severe technological problems.
The online vengeance campaign appeared to be taking the form of denial of service attacks in which computers across the Internet are harnessed — sometimes surreptitiously — to jam target sites with mountains of requests for data, knocking them out of commission.
I don't know about the charges against Julian Assange, and it really isn't my place, or anyone's, to assume whether or not they're trumped up, or if these are legitimate charges. But I do know that by attacking the websites of people doing their jobs, whether you agree with their actions or not, does nothing. It only helps create the image to the wider public that you are nothing but a bunch of whiny punks, ready and willing to take your anger out on people for something that really has nothing to do with you. You've only made Assange's case worse, and helped condemn the man you want freed even further. Why the hell would Assange need enemies with "allies" like you people?
But, do what you will, it doesn't affect me in the end, it only affects you. Just know that your "attacks" will change nothing, except swing the public mood against you. When you start to complain that no one else wants justice for Assange except you, then take a good, long look in the mirror for who to blame.