Hackers And Activists Gear-Up For War on ‘Wikileaks Phenomena’

Fighting lines between supporters of the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks and its critics began to form on Sunday. Supporters raised numerous copies of the site on the Internet. The United States put pressure on Switzerland not to offer a haven to the site’s founder, Julian Assange.

Major Internet companies stopped services to WikiLeaks. Activists created hundreds of like sites that host exact copies of another site’s content, making censorship difficult.

An informal group of hackers and activists declared war on Sunday against enemies of Mr. Assange. They called on supporters to attack sites/companies that don’t support WikiLeaks and to spread the leaked material online.

The American ambassador to Switzerland, Donald S. Beyer Jr., responded in the weekly magazine NZZ am Sonntag that the Swiss should carefully consider whether to provide shelter to someone who is on the run from the law.

On Friday, WikiLeaks looked for refuge in a diffuse web of financial and Internet infrastructure spread across Europe especially in Switzerland.