Before WikiLeaks, Operation Payback's initial target was America's recording industry, chosen for its prosecutions of music file downloaders. From those humble origins, Payback's anti-censorship, anti-copyright, freedom of speech manifesto would go viral, last week pitting an amorphous army of online hackers against the US government and some of the biggest corporations in the world.
At the heart of the conflict is the WikiLeaks founder, the enigmatic figure of Julian Assange,
lionised by many as the Ned Kelly of the digital age for hiscontinued defiance of a superpower, condemned by his US detractors as a threat to national security.
Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange, by Lennart Preiss-Associated Press
Today, Assange sits in solitary confinement in a British jail, and he does not have access to the Internet. But progressive forces worldwide and an army of free-speech computer hackers are now one in their support for Julian Assange, our Ned Kelly of the digital age.
Edward "Ned" Kelly in 1880, by by Wikipedia
May Julian Assange live free and die young after attaining at least his three score and ten.
To view the London Observer's article, click here.