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article imageAnonymous takes down Interpol website in ‘Operation Free Assange’

By Anne Sewell     Aug 27, 2012 in Internet
As part of 'Operation Free Assange', Anonymous hacktivists take down the Interpol, International Criminal Police Organization and Serious Organized Crime Agency websites.
Anonymous, the group of hackivists, has launched a campaign, #OpFREEAssange, calling for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
On August 23, they took down the Interpol website:
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Anonymous also claims to have taken down the website of the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), which is a U.K. police unit operating against serious and organized crime:
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Several Twitter accounts have also mentioned that the International Criminal Police Organization website was taken down. The site was unavailable as of 9:18 pm GMT on Sunday but resumed functioning soon after.
Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks has been granted asylum by Ecuador, and is currently holed up in the country's London embassy, as the U.K. has not granted him safe passage to travel to Ecuador.
He is wanted for questioning in Sweden on alleged sex crimes, which Assange denies and on which he has never been charged. The U.K. government wants to extradite him to Sweden, but fears are that once there, he will be sent on to the U.S. on alleged espionage charges for the release of sensitive and embarrassing diplomatic cables.
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