LONDON Dec 10 WikiLeaks said on Friday it had
no links to cyber attacks on global companies seen as enemies of
the website and neither supported nor condemned the online
A statement on its website quoted Wikileaks spokesman
Kristinn Hrafnsson as saying the attacks were "a reflection of
public opinion on the actions of the targets."
The loosely organised campaign to avenge WikiLeaks against
those who have obstructed its operations, calling itself
Operation Payback, has already temporarily brought down the
websites of Visa and MasterCard, and of the Swedish government.
WikiLeaks noted the attacks were similar to those it had
received since it began publishing the first of 250,000 U.S.
leaked U.S. embassy cables on Nov. 28.
"These denial of service attacks are believed to have
originated from an Internet gathering known as Anonymous. This
group is not affiliated with Wikileaks. There has been no
contact between any Wikileaks staffer and anyone at Anonymous,"
the statement said.
"WikiLeaks has not received any prior notice of any of
Some freedom of information campaigners who are sympathetic
to WikiLeaks look askance at the Anonymous attacks, saying the
website's cause cannot be furthered by denying the freedom of
information to others.
A succession of U.S. institutions has withdrawn services
from WikiLeaks after the website published thousands of
sometimes embarrassing secret U.S. diplomatic reports that have
caused strains between Washington and several allies.
(Writing by William Maclean, Editing by Matthew Jones)