“Online Living Consciousness” Anonymous has heralded the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a victory in the war for free speech and the freedom of the Internet.
The hive mind posted a video on their blog claiming:
“Julian Assange is free. That means we won this battle but the war continues. The war for the free speech. The war for the freedom on Internet. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. People are the owners of the Internet. Not governments, not corporations and we will show that”.
Using distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, Anonymous took down the sites for Visa, PayPal, Amazon and Mastercard as part of its Operation Payback campaign, launched in retaliation for the companies cutting support for WikiLeaks.
The Internet gathering also planned to flood the fax machines of its targets with messages containing extracts from the leaked diplomatic cables published on WikiLeaks, as well as images of Guy Fawkes.
Assange was granted conditional release this afternoon, after an appeal made by the UK Crown Prosecution Service to keep him in custody was rejected.
The WikiLeaks founder is currently fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on alleged sex crimes. Assange claims that the allegations are politically motivated.