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Thu Aug 22, 2013, 06:44 PM

37. Strategic victory for Assange: $$$. Whistleblowers, including Anonymous: ZERO. What a con job.


Anonymous “appalled” by WikiLeaks



By Natasha Lennard - Oct 12, 2012

"...We have been worried about the direction WikiLeaks is going for sometime now. In the past year the focus has moved away from actual leaks and the fight for freedom of information and concentrated more and more on Julian Assange and a rabid scrounging for money," the hackers noted.

In an accompanying (and similar) statement posted online, Anonymous added, "WikiLeaks is not – or should not be – about Julian Assange alone." The hackers explained that despite a steadfast belief that the controversial WikiLeaks founder should not be extradited to the United States, they have grown weary of the attention paid to Assange:

"The idea behind WikiLeaks was to provide the public with information that would otherwise being kept secret by industries and governments. Information we strongly believe the public has a right to know. But this has been pushed more and more into the background, instead we only hear about Julian Assange, like he had dinner last night with Lady Gaga. That’s great for him but not much of our interest. We are more interested in transparent governments and bringing out documents and information they want to hide from the public."

The hackers also expressed anger that Anonymous members have faced repression and jail time for materials they supplied to WikiLeaks, while "to this day, not ONE single WikiLeaks staff are charged or incarcerated." They noted that hacktivist Jeremy Hammond could face 20 years in prison for allegedly supplying the Stratfor files — the very documents WikiLeaks put behind a pay wall...

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/12/anonymous_appalled_by_wikileaks/

http://freeassange.org/flash-news/anonymous-legion-hackers

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