Anonymous fights for alleged rapist Assange in #OpFreeAssange DDoS

Anonymous has been nuking websites of those it disagrees with again. This time, it's British government sites; the shadowy group is protesting the treatment of Julian Assange. Facing allegations of rape in Sweden, the UK government want to extradite him, but he's claimed political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.

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The anonymous AP gnomes scribbled and scrawled this missive:

The loosely-organized group of hackers known as Anonymous claimed it [aimed] to protest Britain's treatment of Assange...[and that] it aimed to take down a number of British government websites [in] "Operation Free Assange."

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[The] Ministry said its website was "experiencing some disruptions" but that no data has been lost. ... The website's main home page appeared to be down [but] other content pages are functioning normally.  MORE

And Zack Whittaker adds more detail:

Hacktivist collective Anonymous took credit for the attack, which saw the www.justice.gov.uk website attacked with a...DDoS. ... Other attacks included the...Prime Minister's website, www.number10.gov.uk, and the...Dept. for Work and Pensions, www.dwp.gov.uk.

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[Assange] faces arrest by U.K. police if he steps outside de facto Ecuadorian soil.  MORE

But Iain Thomson utters a resounding "meh" and finishes on a Monty Python reference:

All this activity is unlikely to change the government's attitude. ... The police cordon around the Ecuadorian embassy is still in place. ... Downing a few websites is hardly an attack on infrastructure.

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Yesterday Assange addressed supporters from the embassy, looking not a little like [Brian] in Life of Brian. Assange called on the US to end its "witch-hunt"...and to free Bradley Manning...[who] has spent over 800 days in solitary confinement.  MORE

Thus spake the alleged rapist from his Ecuadorian balcony:

If the UK did not throw away the Vienna Conventions...it is because the world was watching.

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As WikiLeaks stands under threat...[we] use this moment to articulate the choice that is before...the United States of America. Will it return to...the values it was founded on? Or will it [go] dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world.

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I ask President Obama to do the right thing.  MORE

Meanwhile, the notorious British polititian, 'gorgeous' George Galloway, defends Assange against the Swedish allegations:

What I am going to say is going to be controversial.

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[Even] if the allegations made by these two women were...100 per cent true...they don't constitute rape. ... Woman A invited him back to her flat [and] went to bed with him.

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It might be really bad manners...really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but...it is not rape.  MORE

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