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The psy­chic shape of the House shifted from a twoand-a-half-party sys­tem, which had ruled for more than two and a half decades, back to the old bi­nary no­ta­tion of the 1960s.

The Pak Banker - - Editorial5 -

De­cem­ber 2010 The furor over the pur­loined ca­bles re­leased by Wik­iLeaks has now pro­duced the first global In­ter­net civil-dis­obe­di­ence move­ment which one ac­tivist claims is in­spired by Gandhi. The on­line pick­et­ing of busi­ness sites like MasterCard and Visa has not only shown the power of on­line vol­un­teers, but also con­tra­dic­tions in Western democ­ra­cies that preach press free­dom abroad while shrink­ing it close to their own bones. On­line dis­cus­sions and in­ter­views with hack­tivists also re­veal their own con­tra­dic­tions as they grope for di­rec­tion with their new­found power.

The De­cem­ber 7th ar­rest of Wik­iLeaks edi­tor-in-chief, Ju­lian As­sange, on al­le­ga­tions of rape, un­leashed a cas­cade of attacks sur­round­ing the se­cret-shar­ing site. Com­puter as­sailants at­tacked Wik­iLeaks servers in Swe­den, while Joseph Lieber­man, chair of the US Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Home­land Se­cu­rity, pushed cor­po­ra­tions to with­draw ser­vices from the or­gan­i­sa­tion. When Ama­zon, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa com­plied, in­censed proWik­iLeaks hack­tivists joined the fray with a call to "Avenge As­sange," sug­gest­ing his ar­rest was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, and protest In­ter­net cen­sor­ship.

Thou­sands of pro­test­ers around the world joined a vir­tual In­ter­net gath­er­ing un­der the ban­ner "Op­er­a­tion Pay­back," many vol­un­teer­ing their com­put­ers as foot sol­diers in dis­trib­uted de­nialof-ser­vice

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