Things are warming up away from the Assange-based media events. WikiLeaks has now split, with a new site called Openleaks to start up as a leak-manager rather than handler. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has protested the arrest of Assange in the UK.
The WikiLeaks split was based on the frustration of other WikiLeaks members, who referred to Assange as an “emperor” or “slave trader” in a published excerpt by Wired, ironically leaked to Wired by a WikiLeaks insider. Assange’s response to the description after some rhetoric was a typically Australian two word suggestion to his former deputy, German WikiLeaks member Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
1. Vladimir Putin has protested the Assange arrest as undemocratic.
2. Brazil’s President described the arrest as “…a blow against freedom of expression.”
3. UNHCR chief Navi Pillay has attacked both pressure exerted on private companies and the denial of rights of freedom of expression.
4. A 16 year old Dutch man has been arrested for alleged responsibility for attacks on Visa and Mastercard.
5. Wikileaks meanwhile states that leaks will continue, regardless of the arrest of Assange.
6. PayPal has released donations previously made to Wikileaks, but has stated that Wikileaks remains dropped.
7. Author Heinz Duthel withdrew a Wikileaks-related book from sale on Amazon. The conflict of interest between dropping Wikileaks and profiting on the sale of books about the organization is one rumor floating around the net as the reason.
8. Columbia University issued advice to students not to discuss Wikileaks, saying it “…could endanger their job prospects with the Federal government”.
PC Magazine reports this exchange on Twitter between Anonymous members after a Tweet saying “Target: Amazon.com”:
"Three hours after the call to arms against Amazon, Operation Payback re-tweeted a message that said "No one is attacking Amazon, dude. Everyone's going to PayPal." The group chimed in and said "this seems to be true. Fire now," referring to PayPal. Another Twitter feed, @AnonOpsNet, also tweeted: "We can not attack Amazon, currently. The previous schedule was to do so, but we don't have enough forces," and directed people to attack PayPal."
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