Okay, NOW I’m a Fan of WikiLeaks…

10 12 2010

Palin the latest target as ‘all-out cyber war’ breaks out over WikiLeaks

Sarah Palin is the latest target of “Operation Payback,” the group of hacktivists who have been launching cyber-attacks against organizations and people working against WikiLeaks.

Palin drew attention last week when she said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be “pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders.”

ABC News reports:

The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email.

Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts.

According to ABC’s Jake Tapper, the website associated with Operation Payback — anonops.net — had listed Palin’s website as a potential target.

“This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts,” Palin said in an email.

As the old proverb goes, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”  Not that I give enough thought to Sarah Palin to consider her an enemy, but that could change if she becomes our next president.  (Have you heard the one that I just made up? – When they said you need character to run for office, Palin thought they said they needed a caricature to run, so she entered politics.  Ugh.  Sorry.). For now, though, despite my sentiments in my earlier post WikiLeaks Hurts the Good Guys, Too, I am less than proud of the way our country is dealing with the leak of all this information.  Sarah Palin’s rantings, as usual, show just how juvenile we have become.

Wouldn’t it be great if the world still had real leaders?  Leaders who were willing to stand up and say “ok – now that all of this information is out on the table, what can we do to mend these relationships?”

Even though I wish the leak hadn’t happened, it seems to me that WikiLeaks hasn’t done anything illegal (although I’m not a lawyer).  If it is true that Assange is a pervert and committed sex crimes, then please do lock him up.  But, it seems like the U.S. is wasting a lot of time, money and goodwill to lock the cage after the lion escaped as far as these documents are concerned.

One of my favorite quotes in the dialogue around this is from Phil Ebersole’s blog:

“The purpose of a classified information system is to deny information to enemies of the United States, even at the price of keeping ourselves ignorant.  The Obama administration turns this on its head.  Its policy is to keep Americans ignorant of things our enemies already know.”

Now that’s just dumb.

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala