Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
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RE[7]: Completely disagree
by boldingd on Thu 9th Dec 2010 01:08 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Completely disagree"
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Does this reasoning also apply to US press, such as the New York Times, who also published Wikileaks material?

If not, why not?

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Ask the DoJ. It's remotely possible they could make a case, but it's not likely that they'd try. IANAL, but I doubt that just covering the story (or even commenting on some of the leaked information) would rise to the level of being party to the conspiracy.

Also, if U.S. organizations are to be held accountable, since foreign nationals have been killed in the name of U.S. government lies, why should the U.S. governement also not be held accountable?

An interesting question, if also a loaded question. As I recall, around the time of the last election, there where some voices calling for criminal investigations against Bush administration personnel for a variety of possible crimes rising out of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I believe president Obama opted not to pursue such prosecutions, as a gesture of reconciliation to the far right. As to why international courts have not begun prosecutions... well, ask Geneva.

On a tangent, I'm a little bemused by how often you and I end up arguing, given that - and this might surprise you - our views in general tend to line up fairly closely.

Edited 2010-12-09 01:12 UTC

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