Amazingly it appears that Anonymous has severed it’s ties with WikiLeaks. It’s apparently over the cult of personality issue and Julian Assange; more so than the paywall which was erected to force readers to PAY to gain access to some of the information housed within the WikiLeaks Servers.
This is a video which has been on the WikiLeaks.org site for quite a while but is relevant to the situation; and we decided to let WikiLeaks Speak for itself here
We agree that if WikiLeaks said it would remain open and unbiased then adding this pay wall leads directly away from Open and Unbiased.
This is the news media’s take on the financial embargo
WE suggest if you want a clearer view of the fracas that you spend a few moments and check out this long but very informative piece posted this weekend to clarify why and what caused the break between Anonymous and WikiLeaks.
This is the statement posted by Anonymous
Anonymous Press Release – The Betrayal Of Wikileaks Thursday - October 11, 2012 8:30 PM ET USA
Greetings World — In December of 2010 Anonymous came to the defense of and began supporting the organization WikiLeaks and it’s besieged founder Julian Assange. As many will remember this initially took the form of several online protests against MasterCard, VISA and PayPal – for which 14 brave Anons in the USA stand indicted.
During that time we also launched the first ever DdoS by Anonymous against a western government when we attacked the Swedish Prosecutors office in defense of Julian. Since that time, Anonymous has been a steadfast ally of both WikiLeaks and Assange. We have provided some of the biggest leaks since the infamous cables were disclosed, including the Syria Files and the GI (Stratfor) Files – for which Jeremy Hammond now rots in a prison accused of supplying.
We have continued to risk lengthy prison sentences by attacking dozens of web sites in the UK and Sweden to bring attention to Assange’s plight. And most recently, when we received word the UK Police were about to raid the UK Embassy it was Anonymous who rallied hundreds of people to go to the Ecuador Embassy in London to defend Ecuador’s sovereignty and Julian. To this day, not ONE single WikiLeaks staff are charged or incarcerated.
However, Anonymous has 14 indicted (facing 15 years) for online protests defending WikiLeaks – and one (Jeremy Hammond) in prison and facing 20 years for allegedly supplying the Stratfor GI Files. Not to mention the heroic Bradley Manning who now rots in Ft. Leavenworth Prison facing life.
Despite that fact, WikiLeaks has chosen to dishonor and insult Anonymous and all information activists by prostituting the Stratfor Files and other disclosures that Hammond and Manning stand accused of supplying.
Since yesterday visitors of the Wikileaks site are presented a red overlay page that demands they donate money. This page cannot be closed, and unless a donation is made – the content like GI Files are not displayed.
However, this is not the point. Neither is Anonymous concerned that WikiLeaks is asking for donations. However, we do see a serious problem in the way WikiLeaks is implementing this for several reasons.
The obvious intention is to force donations in exchange for access.
This is a filthy and rotten, wholly un-ethical action – and Anonymous is enraged. 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.
When this “pay wall” appeared last night, there was a brief and intense exchange online between Anonymous and WikiLeaks. Within two hours all of the “pay walls” were removed.
At that point Anonymous was willing to let this pass, for the sake of peace in the over all movement. But now tonight, as if taunting us to rage – the “pay walls” reappeared not just on sections of the site but for every single file.
Enough! We have numerous disclosure platforms of our own, and in the future we will deliver Anonymous related leaks via these platforms. (See List At Bottom Of Page) Anonymous has had enough.
The conclusion for us is that Anonymous cannot support anymore what Wikileaks has become.
We will NOT attack the web assets of WikiLeaks, as they are media. We do not attack media. Any future attack on the WikiLeaks servers attributed to Anonymous is a lie. But what we will do is cease from this day all support of any kind for WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. No longer will Anonymous risk prison to defend WikiLeaks or Julian Assange from their enemies.
No longer will Anonymous risk prison to supply material for WikiLeaks disclosures. Anonymous turns it’s back on WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks has with it’s actions this past 48 hours betrayed Anonymous, and thus has lost its biggest and most powerful supporter.
We are preparing for the media a detailed dossier of all the un-ethical actions perpetrated by WikiLeaks that we have ignored for so long.
A Dox if you will, on WikiLeaks. We will deliver it to the media in a few days, not for vengeance – but as justice for our fallen Anons whom WikiLeaks has chosen by this action to dishonor and disgrace.
We Are Anonymous We Are Legion We Do Not Forgive We Do Not Forget WikiLeaks we gave you a chance, now it’s too late to EXPECT US.
Screen Shot Of “PayWall” – http://www.flickr.com/photos/80569118@N06/8078541439
Summary: Hacktivist collective Anonymous has withdrawn support for whistleblower site Wikileaks.
In its latest attempt to gain funding, Wikileaks has erected a pay wall for users who wish to access the Global Information files. Hacktivist group Anonymous does not approve.
The whistleblower website, a proverbial dumping ground for classified documents from the U.S. and beyond, has been in financial trouble for some time. The controversial nature of the site has resulted in both MasterCard and Visa withdrawing payment support, as well as a stop placed on donations sent via PayPal.
In 2010, the loose hacktivist collective sprung to the site’s defense when the payment parties barred Wikileaks. Those days may now be long past.
What’s the issue? A pay wall — coding that prevents an online user from accessing a website or service without paying for it first. Implemented October 10, if you attempt to access the Global Information files, you are faced with such a system. Proudly declaring “In this election, vote with your wallet – vote Wikileaks’, you are required to donate before being granted access. Interestingly, you can pay by MasterCard or Visa.
We have to keep in mind it is only this portion of the site which is behind a pay wall, and not Wikileaks itself. However, Anonymous has taken issue with this step to raise money, and has released a statement in return.
After an angry exchange on Twitter between Anonymous and Wikileaks, the pay wall was removed for a short period of time. However, it returned on the 11th — prompting the hackers to retaliate, believing they have been “betrayed” by such “rabid scrounging for money”. The group’s statement argues that “Anonymous has been a steadfast ally of both WikiLeaks and Assange”, and many Anonymous members have been charged or arrested for their support — but no Wikileaks staff members have ever been charged or imprisoned:
“To this day, not ONE single WikiLeaks staff are charged or incarcerated. However, Anonymous has 14 indicted (facing 15 years) for online protests defending WikiLeaks – and one (Jeremy Hammond) in prison and facing 20 years for allegedly supplying the Stratfor GI Files. Not to mention the heroic Bradley Manning who now rots in Ft. Leavenworth Prison facing life.
Despite that fact, WikiLeaks has chosen to dishonor and insult Anonymous and all information activists by prostituting the Stratfor Files and other disclosures that Hammond and Manning stand accused of supplying.”
“Regardless of any workarounds, the fact remains that a meretricious page is placed for the majority of visitors that cannot be closed. The obvious intention is to force donations in exchange for access. This is a filthy and rotten, wholly un-ethical action – and Anonymous is enraged.”
The hacking collective insists it will not attack any of the Wikileaks web assets, as the site is considered a media outlet. According to the group, any future attacks on the site attributed to them is a “lie”, but what they can and will do is withdraw support not only for the whistleblower site, but for Julian Assange — who is currently taking refuge in the London-based Ecuadorian embassy.
“No longer will Anonymous risk prison to defend WikiLeaks or Julian Assange from their enemies. No longer will Anonymous risk prison to supply material for WikiLeaks disclosures. Anonymous turns it’s back on WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has with its actions this past 48 hours betrayed Anonymous, and thus has lost its biggest and most powerful supporter.”
Image credit: ZDNet/Charlie Osborne/ People’s Liberation Front
There is no way to ignore either point of view; and as such we’ve decided to watch how this plays out; and not render an opinion at this time. To Us, it’s just too early to really see the dynamic and understand how the outcome could affect the fight for military and diplomatic transparency. We will admit that clicking that link and seeing the Paywall really changed things between us and WikiLeaks. That’s why we believe that Anonymous has a very good point.
We like millions of others just want to read the memorandums and discover the secrets. But when we click the link we end up at a paywall with a video telling us that we need to make a donation in order to access the information – we feel cheated. It’s sort of like a co’mon to a porn site.
Is this really what WikiLeaks wants from us – a donation?
How about our support in spreading the truth, as we’ve done continuously since WikiLeaks appeared in 2010.
If you watched the video then you realize that WikiLeaks is apparently being seen as a cult of personality linked to Julian Assange; rather than the news dissemination application that it was created to be. We hope that the entire mission resumes full speed with all hands on duty to protect and deliver the truth; at all costs transparently.
This is why we support the viewpoint of transparency. It reveals much more than a cult of personality ever could.
A Luta Continua Truthtellers Globally – Anonymous or not, We Must All Fight On