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AntiLeaks: WikiLeaks website is down

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has made WikiLeaks' website inaccessible.

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In a file photo taken on February 27, 2012, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks during a press conference in central London. (CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Try to access the WikiLeaks website and you get this:

"Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to wikileaks.org. Try reloading: wikileaks.­org."

That may be because an anti-leak group appropriately called AntiLeaks launched a coordinated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the whistle blower website. 

The idea, and it seems to be working, is to make the website inaccessible to users. 

A WikiLeaks forum posted this:

"We are now witnessing cyber wars, with most Wikileaks sites under sustained DDoS attack over several days. On one side are Wikileaks itself and its hacktivist supporters, such as Anonymous. On the other side are US Govt supporters. A hacker group identifying itself on Twitter as AntiLeaks took credit for the downtime, announcing that wikileaks.org was 'tango down.'" 

WikiLeaks tweeted this a few days ago:

"WikiLeaks has been under sustained large scale DDoS attacks since August 3. Help us purchase more bandwidth."

And if you were really watching the twittersphere you would have found this:

"You can call me DietPepsi. I am the leader of AntiLeaks. We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves. We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at aslyum (sic) in Ecuador.

"Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us."

WikiLeaks information is still accessible though a number of mirror websites, like this one: http://wl.wikileaks-press.org/syria-files/.

You can watch AntiLeaks and WikiLeaks exchange some words via Twitter, here

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/120811/antileaks-wikileaks-website-down