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: Visa.com 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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Freedom of Information Act
by MollyC on Thu 9th Dec 2010 06:05 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Hmmm"
MollyC
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is NOT what Assange is taking advantage of.
FoIA has specific procedures to follow. A formal request must be made for specific information. The government can honor that request, first redacting information sensitive to national security, or the govt can refuse, in which case a Court comes into the picture and decides the final outcome (what can be released, what can be kept "secret") and issues a court order to that effect.

Assange hasn't gone through those legal procedures. You know that. He's made no formal request at all, let alone a formal request for specific information.

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