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posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 07:33 PM
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Anonymous withdraws support for WikiLeaks


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost another high-profile supporter as Anonymous, the hacking collective, said the whistleblowing site had been “ruined by egos”.

Anonymous, a loose group of internet “hacktivists”, has been one of WikiLeaks’ closest allies during the past two years, launching cyber attacks against the site’s opponents and, some claim, becoming a source of its material.

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But leading Anonymous accounts on Twitter, which rallied behind WikiLeaks and Mr Assange despite his legal and financial woes, have now withdrawn their support, decrying the freedom-of-information project as a “One Man Julian Assange show”.




posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 07:33 PM
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It was only a matter of time before his supporters started coming to their senses and realized they were being used for Assange's own issues.


However, in the same week that saw Mr Assange’s bail guarantors forced by a court to pay £93,500 after he fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Anonymous lashed out at the WikiLeaks founder and his latest fundraising attempt.

WikiLeaks this week erected a banner advertisement asking for donations before allowing visitors to access emails purportedly relating to Mitt Romney, the US presidential candidate, and its other archives. Anonymous described the move as “meretricious”.

“We have been worried about the direction WikiLeaks is going for a while,” Anonymous wrote in an online statement published overnight on Friday. “In the recent month the focus moved away from actual leaks and the fight for freedom of information further and further while it concentrated more and more on Julian Assange ... But WikiLeaks is not – or should not be – about Julian Assange alone.”


My how the tables have turned.....

The final straw for the shadowy group, which has also supported the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Arab Spring while at the same time attacking companies including Sony and News Corp, appears to have been Mr Assange’s dinner this week with pop star Lady Gaga.



Wikileaks response:

WikiLeaks responded on Twitter, saying: “Thank you for drawing attention to our donation campaign while we have high costs in military courts. Solidarity.” The tweet included a link to its donations page.

Attempts to reach WikiLeaks for comment were unsuccessful.


As has been stated time and time and time again... Assange views wikileaks as his own personal piggybank. His ego eventually took center stage and the focus shifted to the me me me me me setup.

Supporting wikileaks is nothing more than a slush fund for Assanges personal issues.
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posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 07:45 PM
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Interesting, but maybe I'm just confused or misinformed, but I thought Anonymous is not a centralized group, but that everyone is, or can be Anonymous?

Now it seems they are indeed a group with a central ideology and leadership?

Are they a cult?

Or maybe they just naturally agree and rally around opinions because they are so like-minded on everything?

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posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:18 PM
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Most of anonymous is "lead" by a centralized group that are nothing but petty crooks, ripping off everyday citizens with online scams and credit card theft rackets.

They are far from the once thought "good guys", and are indeed just as bad as those would decry for abusing their positions and authority.

I spent over a year going to their irc chat rooms and following their activities, they are pedophiles, kiddie porn traders scam artists and theives. Nothing more.

Wiki leaks is simply desperate as assange knows he is trapped like a rat, and has no recourse, save public humiliation and prison, for exposing the things we should all be able to see. Poor guy, all he ever did was tell the truth, there were just too many black eyes to go around.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:06 PM
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I don't think either has lost anything by parting company.

Assange, although I support WL and his own views on freedom of the press and holding governments to account, has become a bit full of himself. I still don't think that's grounds to attack WL or withdraw support though.

But, Anonymous has lost so much more credibility over the last year they are seemingly a non-entity. Their most important "crusade" recently has been in defense of a piracy site. They have proven themselves to be what many assumed they were - a bunch of kids fapping in their moms basement with fantasies of being "cyber heroes".

Ultimately, I think they've done WL a huge favor. They've lost any credibility they had with most of their supporters, continuing their association to WL would only endanger its credibility too.

Tanks Anon, you did WL a favor!



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:19 PM
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If you are afraid to show your face and hide behind a mask, you are either not 100% behind your view or you have something to hide yourself.
Assuange, may well have become egotistical. But at least he shows the courage of his convictions by fronting high profile people personally and asking the hard questions. Much easier behind a mask and with a garbled voice.
As for Lady Gaga, she probably asked to have dinner with him as it would give a bit more publicity to her self as he is in the news at the moment.
I think a lot of people have pulled their money out as its got too hard, obviously TPTB have started playing hardball with his backers.
The whole thing stinks, he has upset a lot of high profile people and worse a lot of low profile powerful people who would love nothing more than to put a bullet in his head.
He is safe at the moment in the embassy, but that can only last so long. If the British extradite him to Sweden, he probably wont get there alive. He is in a very precarious position, maybe he should have worn a mask.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:23 PM
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By the way Mate, I'd sooner pay Wikileaks slush fund a few dollars than pay the Governments slush fund all my taxes, as we know what good that is doing.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:33 PM
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In my opinion, I still think Anonymous is a "government entity".

Please don't ask me how or why.

Just a gut feeling.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:42 PM
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Originally posted by inverslyproportional
I spent over a year going to their irc chat rooms and following their activities, they are pedophiles, kiddie porn traders scam artists and theives. Nothing more.


You forget to mention that Anon is also full of wanna be's that like to hang around their IRC servers and follow their activities, but when they realise that it's way over their head, they get disgruntled and make things up.

Having hung around IRC servers and followed some activities, I am confident that I am correct.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:44 PM
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Originally posted by sylent6
In my opinion, I still think Anonymous is a "government entity".

Please don't ask me how or why.

Just a gut feeling.


Why not, the government and associated agencies are full of crooks.

Sometimes the only difference between the good guy and the bad guy is legislation.

Oh but no I seriously doubt that there is a branch of the CIA that has a secluded office for lulz.



posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 12:58 AM
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Oh the faceless hacking collective withdraws support. Oh no! I am so glad Anonymous is letting loose all kinds of dirty secrets they found on the internet for all to see.

I can say I am Anonymous and have just as much credibility.

Sounds counter productive to withdraw non existent support anyways.



posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 03:04 AM
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Originally posted by Xcathdra

As has been stated time and time and time again... Assange views wikileaks as his own personal piggybank. His ego eventually took center stage and the focus shifted to the me me me me me setup.

Supporting wikileaks is nothing more than a slush fund for Assanges personal issues.[


Well, it IS his business and the man does need legal help. Isn't that what we call Capitalism? He's free to run his website anyway he wants to. If it goes south because they post more about him than the really interesting leaks then perhaps he will learn from his mistakes.



posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 05:06 AM
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False. According to this...





False. A glance at the Twitter feed...


More at source.Twitter link here. Also you shouldn't whine about Assange being in the spotlight. That's his job.
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posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 05:40 AM
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Julian Assange is a modern day hero. He is telling the truth and giving that truth to the people. Governments hide away and make secret deals and divide money and assets up between each other. Wars are nothing more than strategies of government members - Julian Assange has opened the doors where the doors were closed to the public.

Whatever any of us think of him - he is doing and not merely talking. He is making a stand for what he believes in and he has a purpose. How many people talk about what ifs and if only and never do anything about it? Whether he is a rat on sinking ship or not - he is making history.

As for anonymous - they have their cause but have not made nearly the same impact as a single person named Julian Assange. Anonymous seemed to be in the media for awhile and then faded. Maybe anonymous was just a government psychological operation. Julian Assange - to me - seems perfectly capable of standing up for himself and I am sure he has a lot more to worry about than whether anonymous is on side or disappearing into the sunset.

What has anonymous done lately - I really have not seen them mentioned in the media - at least not like they were about 12 to 18 months ago?

Much Peace...



posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 05:59 AM
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You need to remember the fight assange is in, and who he's fighting against
He needs to get to as wide an audience as possible and be almost as a politician in order to be taken seriously by the sheep. He just doesn't come off well
but then he's not had the practice.....

What probably doesn't help, he's just got one of those faces



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posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 06:15 AM
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Originally posted by Amanda5
What has anonymous done lately - I really have not seen them mentioned in the media - at least not like they were about 12 to 18 months ago?


I see how you think here. You believe the mass media would be interested in talking to Anonymous to help spread their message about corruption and police brutality to the public, and the public would be enraged and kick the corruption out of office. And in a good world, thats how it would be.

This is not a good world. The mass media is on the side of the corporations. They have no interest in covering groups working to remove corruption inside their own organisations or inside their own government.



posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 06:29 AM
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Originally posted by kudegras
If you are afraid to show your face and hide behind a mask, you are either not 100% behind your view or you have something to hide yourself.


Or, just maybe, they want to retain anonymity?


Suggesting that everyone who wears a mask or hides their identity is up to no good is pointless statement. If you think otherwise, please tell us your full name and address in this thread, for all to read.

No? Why? Do you have something to hide?

I no longer support the movement that anon has become, but I understand that anonymity does not automatically equal lack of faith in the cause, or criminality.
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posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 06:57 AM
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Evidently you do not understand Anon. It is on par to online democracy... How many members does Anon have.. How many support this.... Some snakes have many heads you are choosing to listen to just one head..
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posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 07:21 AM
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Originally posted by inverslyproportional
I spent over a year going to their irc chat rooms and following their activities, they are pedophiles, kiddie porn traders scam artists and theives. Nothing more.


Thanks for the smile. This is not true at all.


Anonymous have helped entire nations get past censorship and blockades by removing firewalls, re-routing networks, providing proxy servers, helping to expose police brutality and government corruption, helping to organize movements such as Occupy Wallstreet, supporting the truth movement and many other things.

They are pretty awesome.

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