As the Wikileaks story continues to escalate, hackers worldwide appear to be taking this opportunity to do some of the things they have wanted to do for a long time.
In a supposed defense of Julian Assange and his noble fight for freedom of speech, they have hacked into Master Card, and now they have attacked the personal accounts of the Palin family. What does she have to do with all of this? She dared to voice her opinion about it on Facebook.
From ABC News:
The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email.
Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts.
‘No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange’s antics,’ Palin emailed. ‘This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.’
OK, I admit that I am confused now. Julian Assange has been glorified by many this past week as a “freedom fighter”, seeking to enlighten the world about the truth, promote an “open” society and be our champion of free speech. Earlier this week, Lisa Richards wrote on NRB about Judge Napolitano’s (Fox Business) praise for Assange, who he has called a “hero.” Yet his supporters attack someone for exercising free speech? Apparently, they defend free speech only when it is the correct kind of speech.
Added SarahPAC aide Rebecca Mansour, ‘the governor voiced her opinion knowing full well that she was speaking out against a shady disreputable organization with no regard for laws or human life. This is how they operate. The world should not be intimidated by them.’
Assange has been a much celebrated TED Talks speaker among many other appearances with Socialist groups around the globe, teaching us the value of Wikileaks and their mission. What a noble, brave trooper he is! Yet when interviewers ask him about his own past, he is surprisingly secretive. He does not like to talk about his childhood, when he and his mother spent years in hiding from his stepfather and the odd New Age cult his stepfather belonged to. Why would someone who is so adamant about everything being out in the open be so very secretive about himself?
Let’s have it all. How about Wikileaks releasing a roster of every person who has ever had any connection with them, by email, by turning over information or a connection in any other way.
Wikileaks went public in January 2007. The website stated vaguely that it was “founded by Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa”.
Why the secrets? Let it all out. We’d also like to know what Assange and Wikileaks’ political associations are. Why does he spend so much time in Kenya, for instance? What does he do there (besides helping manipulate elections.) Inquiring, freedom loving minds want to know.
If Julian Assange is the noble freedom fighter we are being told that he is, then I am certain he will be calling off his dogs any day now. Surely, he would not advocate innocent parties being hurt. Would he back an attack on the Palin family because Sarah Palin voiced her opinion? Is his idea of freedom of speech applicable to all, or only for those with whom he agrees?
I for one, will not be holding my breath.