The Computer hacking collective Anonymous says it has attacked government websites both at No10 Downing Street and The Home Office in retaliation for the UK's handling of the Julian Assange case. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice website said it "had been experiencing some disruption". Although it is believed that most of the affected websites are back to normal now.
The Wikileaks founder and computer hacker seen here speaking to his hundreds of supporters, is staying at Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies. He was granted asylum by the country last week ,which has angered the UK who have threatened to enter the embassy.
Which prompted Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, to say yesterday that any UK entry to the embassy would be suicide for the UK.
"It would be a suicide for the United Kingdom to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy. It will be a precedent that would allow later on for the diplomatic premises of this country, in other territories to be violated in every corner of the planet. The U.K. would not have any saying on this then. It would be quite terrible; David Cameron he's quite a disastrous president.”
Assange, who has been in Ecuador's London embassy since June, incensed the United States and its allies by using his WikiLeaks website to leak hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables in 2010. And Assange believes that once he leaves the embassy he will then be transported on to the US as part of a deal to answer questions on the leaking of recent sensitive military material. Meanwhile the standoff between the UK, Sweden and Ecuador continues.
Written and presented by Ann Salter