Cyber-attacks on WikiLeaks are “illegal under US law”

Interviews Available — Attacks on WikiLeaks Violating the Law?
WASHINGTON – December 13 –
CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON

Simpson is a professor who teaches about media, propaganda and media law at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. He said today: “The ongoing information war campaign against WikiLeaks conducted by U.S. security agencies, politicians and crackpots is illegal under U.S. law as well as under international treaties. In addition to the usual propaganda attacks, the companies that provide commercial website services to WikiLeaks websites have been the focus of hundreds of thousands of denial of service attacks and other forms of online sabotage during the past two weeks. In the case of the DNS.org service, these attacks threatened to shut down WikiLeaks and some 500,000 other websites. DNS.org and others succumbed to the pressure. But so far, the FBI and similar U.S. agencies have ignored these clear violations of the U.S.’s own cyber security laws, which usually classify cyber attacks on this scale as terrorism.

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