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Wikileaks And Assange’s Anonymous Army Kill The Old Media New Media Debate: Hackers Are Today’s Intrepid Reporters

by | 10th, December 2010

DO hackers approve of the action of the meme Anonymous that calls for Julian Assange’s supporters to bring down Mastercard, Visa, Amazon, Paypal and anyone who declines to do business with Wikileaks ?

The think irony that a bank and credit card companies would make stand on ethics is not lost on many. But is attacking them damaging to Wikileaks in the long run?

Operation Payback will right wrongs and make the companies think again. Right? Chris “Coldblood” Wood is the group’s human face (albeit blurred when he’s on the telly). But is it a group? And what good does it do attacking companies that surely are free to choose whom they work with?

And what is the good of being a skilled hacker if you are going to make yourself known? Jester, the US patriots, State Department wonks or whoever is the individual or group that brought down the Wikileaks site have made no telly appearances.

Is that more terrifying and worrisome than Chris Coldblood and the 16-year-old nicked in Holland for his involvement in Operation Payback?

Anorak is big fan of 4Chan. At its best it a tool for radicalism and an outlet for talent. This is its call to arms on Wikielaks .

Wikileaks is all about truth and transparency. But hacking and covert operations by people with aliases makes it look shadowy and up-to-no-good. Can this hacking be to the detriment of the cause? If you want change you need to woo The Man. Honey and not vinegar might be better way to go.

And there is a huge opportunity. Big media has stuffed up. They have acted as a conduit for Government spin and duplicity . Th e New York Times’ behaviour or Iraq was lamentable. And its take on Wikileaks belies

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