The founder of Wikileaks, in response to threats and cyberattacks from governments, companies, and assorted hackers, has called upon his Twitter followers to create mirror sites. According to Foreign Policy, more than 200 mirror sites have since popped into existence.
As my FP colleague Evgeny Morozov warns, aggressive action like arresting or killing Assange could spawn the rise of a vast, permanent network of radicalized hackers ‘systematically challenging those in power – governments and companies alike – just for the sake of undermining ‘the system’.’ That could prove an extremely dangerous threat to the global economy and diplomatic sphere.
Or as I once put it, in half a haiku:
“Slapping down the waves
Does not calm the water.”
Update: See also Susie Madrak over at Crooks and Liars on this: