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Anonymous is claiming to have begun shutting down UK government websites in protest of the treatment of Julian Assange. At around 8pm UT, the UK Justice Department website went down under a distributed denial of service attack. About 40 minutes later the Department of Work and Pensions website was also taken offline. Both …


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    1. Miek

      "Anon = defenders of (alleged) rapists." -- He isn't even alleged to have raped the women, Sweden has rather fucked up definitions of rape. In terms of UK law, he did not commit rape and if tried in this country; the case would be thrown out as no crime had been committed.

      1. Euchrid


        "Sweden has rather fucked up definitions of rape. In terms of UK law, he did not commit rape and if tried in this country; the case would be thrown out as no crime had been committed."

        Although Assange’s legal team has basically argued that twice in English courts, both times, the courts decided that the one of the allegations would also constitute rape under English law.


      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "In terms of UK law, he did not commit rape"

        Where do you people get this stuff from? It isn't like it is a secret, he went through an _extensive_ extradition process that covered every possible avenue which could have prevented his extradition to Sweden. This is all a matter of public record, and if you really care so much about it, it wouldn't have taken any time at all to check whether you were right, or just repeating lies put out by the Assange camp.

        The alleged offence would be rape under English law. Perhaps you disagree with the law, but if you have sex with a sleeping/unconscious woman and she makes a complaint against you, if she can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this is what happened then you will be convicted of rape.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @AC 12:39

          "Perhaps you disagree with the law, but if you have sex with a sleeping/unconscious woman and she makes a complaint against you, if she can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this is what happened then you will be convicted of rape".

          You see, that's the interesting bit. What if she doesn't (happen to) make a complaint against you? Are you still a rapist - or not? Think it through. Suppose she doesn't make a complaint until a day later? A week later? A year later? Ten years, anyone?

          Under this doctrine, any ordinary husband or boyfriend is a rapist if, having gone to bed the night before with his beloved and had sex, he wakes up before her and starts to do so again before she is fully awake. After all, a crime is a crime whether it is reported and prosecuted or not.

          And, by the way, how on earth can she possibly "prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this is what happened", when it's her word against the man's? If they give different accounts, how is a court to decide who is telling the truth, who is lying, or simply whose memory is unreliable?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: @AC 12:39

            @Tom Welsh

            Yeah, I've been thinking about this a bit since doing some reading up on it when this case first got publicity. While I've never had sex with a sleeping woman, assuming the rules on sexual assault follow the same rules I doubt there is a man alive who hasn't technically breached them.

            While I initially took the same line that I think you are - that this puts men in an impossible position - I'm less sure now. As you say, whether she makes a complaint is key. So what you and I as men have to ensure, is that we don't do it to any women who will complain about it - ie only with women who you know like it - with the onus on us to be sure. Which doesn't actually seem so bad to me: early on in a relationship when you don't know her that well? Be careful and don't assume that because other women you know enjoy waking up like that, that she will too. Wait until you are intimate enough to know that your actions will be appreciated.

            Put like that, it seems fairly reasonable. Simply a codifying of decent sexual behaviour, although I do appreciate that there are still grey areas.

            Regarding proof. Well that's the perennial problem with sexual crimes. There are almost never witnesses, so unless the accused screws up it is extremely hard to convict since her word against his isn't enough to cross the reasonable doubt threshold.

          2. Matt Bryant Silver badge

            Re: Re: @AC 12:39 - Tom "Abdul" Welsh

            "....You see, that's the interesting bit. What if she doesn't (happen to) make a complaint against you?...." Depends on the laws of the relevant country. In the UK a crime is a crime whether it is reported or not, no-one needs to press charges. If you were to slap your wife in front of a copper the copper will arrest you and charge you with assault even if your niqahb-wearing wife protests to the copper that she deserved it (presumably for not covering her ankles in public). Of course, you would then have to slap her again for talking to a white man in public. Oh, sorry, I assumed from your posts that you were more Abdul from Birmingham rather than an actual "Tom".

            ".... any ordinary husband or boyfriend is a rapist...." Starting sex on a sleeping partner is not the norm. Try a little foreplay, you inconsiderate tw@, apparently it's not haram. If Mrs Abdul then dares to say no it would be rape for you to continue, you can't argue that rubbish line about "there is no rape in marriage, it is a wife's duty to satisfy her husband's demands" (

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Tax returns

    Why can't Anonymous do something interesting, like hacking Willard M. Romney's tax returns. THAT might get Obama off Assange's back!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Assange comes across as a complete selfish twat - I bet he's loving the attention (for the moment at least).

    As for the yet-to-be-filed charges... I think the accusations are all timed a little too nicely. And even if he gets off in Sweden I bet the U.S. will then file for extradition anyway - thus if he ever goes to Sweden he loses one way or the other. Sweden really should rule out handing him over to the U.S. and then we can get on to see if the allegations against him prove true or false. Of course now that it's all blown up as big as it has I don't think anyone can back down much.

    As for Anonymous... well, attacking UK government websites does little in my opinion and if they make too much of a nuisance of themselves then they might find that they are not all that untraceable depending on the level of scrutiny they draw upon themselves.

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      > Sweden really should rule out handing him over to the U.S.

      What bit of THEY CAN'T don't you understand?

      Say the Swedes promised never, ever to extradite Assange to the US. He would then be free to commit any crime against US law, even murder, knowing that's he's always got a safe bolthole in Sweden. No country could do that.

      Neither Sweden nor the UK will extradite someone if they face the death penalty., That's enshrined in law, they have alreday said so on multiple occasions. They can do no more.

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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    1. LinkOfHyrule

      Re: New Orderly World Players in CHAOS bring Certainty with AIDefinite Vision.

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      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: .... Re: New Orderly World Players in CHAOS bring Certainty with AIDefinite Vision.

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        1. LinkOfHyrule

          Re: .... New Orderly World Players in CHAOS bring Certainty with AIDefinite Vision.

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  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He should get religion

    FSM knows the religious nut-bags can get away with almost anything.

    Let my people go!


  5. LinkOfHyrule

    I think you are all missing the most important issue at play here............

    And that is, man, that was a really shit balcony Julian gave his speech from the other day wasn't it! It was merely a jumped-up groundfloor window! The Window above it had much better iron work railings and was considerably more impressive! I am assuming the room above is part of the Columbian embassy or something? Julian, you should have sought asylum there mate, their balcony has way more gravitas!

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What, I wonder, would have happened...

    if JA had sought asylum in the Swedish embassy?

    1. LinkOfHyrule

      Re: What, I wonder, would have happened...

      Pretty much the same thing but all the furniture is from IKEA so the sofa bed he sleeps on would break after a weeks usage.

      1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

        Re: What, I wonder, would have happened...

        That's only if you don't keep the allen keys that come with it..

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Revenge against Anon

    Starve them out - DDoS pizza delivery websites!

  8. toadwarrior

    Anonymous are a bunch of moronic children and ddosing is retarded but come on. It's no more lame than spending everyday in your dead-end job, posting on the reg about how much apple sucks and how android phone can do everything (except get you a date obviously).

    What have you achieved by hating on anon? Are they going to quit? They won't even see your comments and if they do, they'll quite rightly assume it's some overweight forever alone helpdesk slave who is angry at the world.

    Those kids might be misguided and their attacks are mostly shit but at least they're trying to make a difference rather shit their bitch panties about rounded corners every day.

  9. Joe Montana

    Wont care

    The government simply won't care, having some of their websites down for a couple of hours will barely register...

    The only people this will affect, are those who actually need to use those sites for whatever reason.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do the UK and US governments have something BIG to hide...?

    All the focus seems to be on Assange. The real focus should be on what demons the UK and US government are hiding behind that they are afraid will be exposed via further Wikileaks revelations.

    Funny how they suddenly accuse him of rape soon after the wikileaks revelations. It is a typical tactic of character assasination except that the Public is not buying into it this time.

    Anonymous is playing an important role is helping to expose Government tyranny as is Wikileaks. If you don't understand the role they are playing, then I would urge you to watch the film V for Victory.

    If you still believe the Govenrment is working in your best interest then take the Blue pill and go back to sleep.

    If you feel like they have been gradually turning the screws of of oppression and really taking the piss then take the red Pill.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      The film is called "V for Vendetta"

      that is all.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: The film is called "V for Vendetta"

        Sorry. My bad.

        It's actually called "V for Verdana" (in the graphic design world).

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Do the UK and US governments have something BIG to hide...?

      @AC 07:36

      Dude(ette), you seriously need to stop watching so many movies.

      Remember, your quoted sources are not in fact documentaries or 'docu-dramas', but are works of complete fiction - much like your entire post.

      Thanks for the chuckles.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Do the UK and US governments have something BIG to hide...?

        Are you saying that all the material posted by WikiLeaks was fiction?

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Losing sight?

    In my YouTube videos, over my shoulder can be seen a mask which has done service in protests. But these latest things on-line have got me stumped and I haven't taken part in them.

    If Anonymous wants to stand for freedom; then why isn't it protesting the government to surpress religious influence in society? I read of young people, stuck in religions that they don't believe in, but have no way out. The only difference is that rather than being blackmailed by scientology, they're stuck in the family home, forced to obey the familial religion and there is no respect given to them for their own views. As accounted for in the press, disobediance of the parents can, on rare occasion, even result in death. A climate of fear, in the West, is what we seem to have come down to.

    If they attack the wrong sites, then they could be really hurting people who need them; job hunting, benefits, critical things that the every day person relies upon should be avoided at all costs and I believe that Anon knows enough to keep the more enthusiastic members away from these types of sites.

    It is encouraging to hear of the next generation facing up to their parents views on things like arranged marriage, but there is much to be done yet in order to ensure that freedom of religion is properly enforced in this country and that ... I believe ... would be a fight worth dusting off the mask for.

    Anon - for what it represented - not to actually remain anonymous. msknight

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    More cash please!

    DoS attacks against government websites? Fantastic news - all the more money for us in the big tax avoiding corporations that maintain and support these websites which equals less money for the little people. Good work Anon - I'll raise a glass oe two of Moet to you later, and at your expense.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: More cash please!

      Fantastic news? No, actually. Yesterday I had to pay my car tax, I wouldn't have been able to do so were the web site not up. government web sites make society run more smoothly, Anonymous don't seem to realise that they are antagonising anyone who uses the web sits, far more than the government.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: More cash please!

        Are you american? You don't think there was a hint of irony in that post?

  13. Robinson
    Thumb Down

    What a cock.

    Assange, the vainglorious little ****ck, really needs to grow a pair. Yes, Ecuador and all of those other South American countries he's thanked are well known for their various stances on Human Rights, aren't they!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What a cock.

      Given a choice, I'd take my chances in the Chilean justice system rather than the US or Swedish ones any day. Check out the stats on things like corruption, civil rights and so forth - Chile is considered way less corrupt than the US, and its justice system is better at ensuring civil rights than Sweden (which doesn't even have jury trial FFS).

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: What a cock.

        "Given a choice, I'd take my chances in the Chilean justice system rather than the US or Swedish ones any day."

        What has Chile got to do with this? He's not even holed up in their embassy!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: What a cock.

          He said "Ecuador and all of those other South American countries". Last time I checked, Chile was one of those South American countries.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: What a cock.

        Jury trial isn't the be all and end all of justice, there are many different ways of conducting a trial. The adverserial and inquisitive systems are just two.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: What a cock.

          Jury trial isn't the be all and end all of justice, there are many different ways of conducting a trial. The adverserial and inquisitive systems are just two.

          The Swedish judicial system has produced a number of politically biased judgements that have been the cause of scandals within Sweden and concern from organisations like Amnesty. In the specific case of Assange, the initial investigation was flawed (the investigating officer new one of the complainants personally), then the case was dropped only to be reopened under political interference that goes against Swedish law. The Swedish prosecutor has also refused to interview Assange in London - where he had travelled to with consent from the Swedish authorities - which is in violation of the procedures set out for the European Arrest Warrant. At the very least, why has the Swedish prosecutor not interviewed Assange in London when he has repeatedly stated that is something he is willing to do?

  14. fixit_f


    Well fuck me, how sophisticated of them. Twats.

  15. Mnot Paranoid

    Here's a thought...

    We should just let Assange piss off to Ecuador with impunity so he can go and fiddle with his little Wiki and listen to pan-pipe moods.

    Sure, it might create a little diplomatic spat with Sweden, but what are they going to do? Close down all the IKEAs in protest. I can't imagine why any right-thinking person in this country wouldn't breathe a huge sigh of relief at seeing the back of those divorce-enablers.

    All those police in Knightsbridge and go back to more important work too.

    It's a Win-Win-Win.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have a tiny, but annoying question..

    Given Assange's habit to cr*p from a great height on those who help him (for instance, the celebs he convinced to pay his bail), how long will it take Wikileaks to start leaking documents of the Ecuadorian government?

    Or was that the deal with Assange? Keep one of the more well documented regimes with a "creative" approach to Human Rights off the radar? Has the Equadorian ambassador been appraised of Assange's habit of turning on anyone if he thinks it helps him?

    Enquiring minds want to know. You know, in the interest of transparency and all that ..

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: I have a tiny, but annoying question..

      Which leads to another interesting question.

      Have the embassy let him on their network? I'm not sure I'd want to give Julian Assange access to any computer I use, and remember he sleeps there overnight, so could be getting up to all sorts of stuff while the place is empty. Bad enough if he's got access to your network, worse if he's downloading those photos of the wife off the ambassadorial laptop.

      Soon we really will get to learn where the ambassador keeps his Ferrero Rocher...

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh no! I can't get on the UK Justice Department website?! What shall I do?

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    'Yesterday Assange addressed supporters from the embassy, looking not a little like Graham Chapman in Life of Brian.'

    More like late 1970s John Inman.

  19. A 3


    Anonymous are simply vigilantes. I’m sure that they think what they are doing is justified, but I’m also sure that the KKK thought stringing up black men for looking at white women was justified. Your morals, whatever they say, are subjective and if you act as judge, jury and executioner in enforcing them on others, in contravention of democratically mandated law, you are basically evil.

    Anonymous might start with just taking down web sites but give them time and enough self-righteous bile, and they will be running about with ropes, masks and burning torches.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just pissin' up a rope

    Anon is hopeless and clueless. Do they actually believe they are gaining some legitimacy or imposing their wrath on the UK gov with such childish behavior? All they are doing is giving authorities an opportunity to place these social rejects in prison where they belong.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It seems that part of the reason

    For Assange being hounded mercilessly by the 'merkins is that he has the key to an archive of nearly 700GB of data detailing everything that went on in Area 51 aka Nellis AFB from 1945 onwards.

    Including:- Project Paperclip, all the reverse engineered tech recovered from the German research labs including "Die Glocke" and working but-flaky prototype of the Haunebu, to the original autopsy tapes from the Roswell crash, Tunguska, Wow! signal origin and a few other goodies to boot.

    Needless to say when this little gem hits the Net there will be serious questions asked as to why the public wasn't told about this, possibly leading to the Obama administration and others being dismantled.

    AC 11A2B3d

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: It seems that part of the reason

      Seriously? Yeah, they're hounding him mercilessly... you can barely move in Britain anymore for all the CIA/FBI/NSA agents and all their black helicopters, not to mention the American Military armoured vehicles which are lining the streets of London.

      When will you conspiracy nuts get a clue? If America wanted Assange they'd already have him.

      If America wanted Assange they wouldn't want him being extradited to Sweden, because it's easier for them to get him from the UK.

      If America wanted Assange the Southern American continent isn't the place to try and hide from them.

      Are you getting this? Can you not see the idiocy of the conspiracy theories he has you all believing? Are you really going to continue being gullible enough to believe that the best way to avoid being got by America, is to flee to countries that have extradition treaties with America? Like both the UK and Ecuador.

      When are you all going to start applying your own reasoning to the things Mr Assange has actually done?

      When are you all start wondering why, if he is fleeing the nasty Americans, he didn't flee to a country where it would be hard for them to get him? Somewhere close to Sweden where he originally fled from, say like Russia, or the Ukraine.

      What we really want is for one or two of you to reassure us all that you're not just going around like an armed gang launching denial of service attacks against all and sundry without actually considering the reasoning and actions behind that which you're leaping to defend, and I'm afraid right now, you're not doing a very convincing job of that.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Assange and Anon to due prison together

    They can tell "war stories" in prison on how they fought the law and the law won - like most dumbarse prisoners in denial. All of the bleeding hearts who think Assange is some hero are about to have their fantasy world shattered. Reality can be a real bitch when you live your life in denial. Ask Assange and those Anon members who have already been convicted.

  23. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Alien Rules of Engagement ..... Never Ever Engage as an Enemy, Friendly AI Fields*

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