If you happened to read my prior post, you’re aware by now that today was Day One in the Trial of Accused Wikileaker Bradley Manning.  One of the sites that has been reporting on the trial and the ongoing protests by supporters of Bradley Manning is Russia Today.  The site has long offered coverage that is, shall we say, favorable to Manning and Wikileaks.

That apparently doesn’t sit well with some, most notably Antileaks, an outfit that is opposed to Wikileaks.

Last year, Antileaks launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Wikileaks’ website in retaliation for Julian Assange’s attempt at escaping potential prosecution by retaining asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy.  They also targeted Russia Today at the time for its coverage of Wikileaks.  And that in turn prompted a skirmish between Antileaks and other hackers claiming association to Anonymous.

Now that the Manning trial has begun, Antileaks is back.  And today they took aim again at Russia Today.

https://twitter.com/AntiLeaks/status/341629527996366849

Here’s what a spokesperson for Antileaks had to say about Wikileaks and Assange last year before they disappeared from online for awhile.

“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.”

Conspiracy theories ran rampant in a corner of the hacking community at the time, as opponents of Antileaks speculated that they were actually CIA…or something.  Antileaks responded with a somewhat comical denial of that notion.

Russia Today is now reporting that its sites are back up and in working order.  For now, anyway.