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Wednesday
Dec082010

ABC News Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from WikiLeaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The website and personal credit card information of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked Wednesday by WikiLeaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an e-mail.

Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” -- a group of supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts.

“No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange's antics,” Palin e-mailed. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.”

Palin has criticized WikiLeaks founder Assange, writing on Facebook that his “past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?...Assange is not a 'journalist' any more than the 'editor' of al Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a 'journalist.’ He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands."

Activist Gregg Housh told The New York Times "that 1,500 people were in online forums and chatrooms including Anonops.net, mounting mass and repeated 'denial of service' attacks on sites that have moved against Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks in recent days."

A cached page from Anonops.net shows Palin's site as a suggested target.

A SarahPAC.com technical aide said that “on our server log this morning it showed the attacks coming from a browser identified as wikileaks.org.  It has since spread to others entitled ‘anonymous.’”

SaraPAC aide Rebecca Mansour added that WikiLeaks supporters claim to be “in favor of free speech yet they attack Sarah Palin for exercising her free speech.” She said SarahPAC.com was not harmed because Palin’s staff was able to move quickly to protect the site.

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