WikiLeaks, the site currently causing quite a stir by revealing US governmental secrets, has reportedly been attacked by hackers. It comes just prior to a planned leak of US communications, containing many thousands of messages, which many publications including the Guardian are planning on publishing.
“We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.”, WikiLeaks
The planned leaks would, according to the US state department would put lives at risk, but Simon Hoggart, politcal commentator for the Guardian suggested there may be other, more pressing concerns for politicians.
“There is going to be some embarrassment certainly for Gordon Brown but even more so for David Cameron who was not very highly regarded by the Obama administration or by the US ambassador here,” said Hoggart.
“The material that we are about to release covers essentially every major issue in every country in the world,” said Wikileak’s founder Julian Assange.
So, are bedroom hackers at work here, or would it be too “conspiracy theorist” of me to suggest that there may be more powerful sources at play? If the leaks are set to embarrass many a public figure, perhaps the powers that be are trying to disrupt the work over at WikiLeaks?
Hang on, a SWAT team have just smashed through my windows…