WikiLeaks under cyber attack?
SeÃ¡n Kinane about about 3 years ago
Update. At 3:26pm ET on 22 Oct WikiLeaks Tweeted: "See TBIJ, IBC, Guardian, Spiegel, NYT, Le Monde, Al Jazeera, Chan4, SVT, CNN, BBC and more in the next few hours. We maximise impact." Al-Jazeera says it will start releasing at 5pm ET.
Updates to this breaking WikiLeaks story as of 10am ET Friday 22 Oct: Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was a guest this morning on Democracy Now! He confirmed that he's flying to London to be at the WikiLeaks press conference tomorrow (Saturday), to announce the release of 400,000 documents on the U.S. war on Iraq.
You can hear Democracy Now! today at noon on 88.5 FM. We'll replay part of Ellsberg's segment on the WMNF Evening News at 6pm. Here's video.
Some thought questions: Would the Obama administration claim the right to assassinate WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange at tomorrow's press conference? Would the British government protect or prosecute the assassin? Discuss.
Here are some updates as of noon ET 21 Oct ... you can access the WikiLeaks website through a mirror site and WikiLeaks will hold a press conference in Europe. We'll bring you updates as available.
It appears the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks.org is under cyber attack.
At 12:41 p.m. Eastern Time, WikiLeaks posted the following to their Twitter account:
“WikiLeaks communications infrastructure is currently under attack. Project BO move to coms channel S. Activate Reston5.”
That seems to be a signal for a plan to be implemented in case of emergency.
There has not been an update since. The website WikiLeaks.org is down as well, a note there says it is because of “scheduled maintenance.”
A mirror site still contains files called “WikiLeaks Insurance”
Co-founder Julian Assange has warned the site could come under attack and has said he has a plan in place to continue to leak information if WikiLeaks’ main site comes under cyber attack.
Yesterday WikiLeaks Tweeted “Now is a good time to mirror this WikiLeaks 'insurance' backup”
The U.S. Department of Defense has openly opposed the leak of sensitive information by WikiLeaks.