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Group of hackers (Anonymous) describes Julian Assange as a 'free-speech martyr', hacks the sites which turned against Wikileaks.

Julian Assange has become a good role model as hacker(ethical), despite pressure and fear of life from one of the powerful nation in the world, regardless fear, published the secret talks the US talks with its non-allies as well as with it close allies, not sparing any one.

Hackers, a group from less then 50 grew to strong 4,000 member cyber army and strongly growing, in support of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks.

Group which called itself as itself 'Anonymous' vowed to intensify its 'war of data' against Mastercard, Visa and other groups which have cut funding to the website, the Swedish government website also came under attack.

In an online chat with AFP, organisers of the group said thousands of volunteers were taking part in their defense of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, whom they described as a 'free-speech martyr'.

"We started off with a small amount of users (below 50)," they said. "Now, we are at around 4,000."

"We recruit through the Internet, that means, everywhere: imageboards, forums, Facebook, Twitter... you name it, we're using it," they said.

The group first attacked the Paypal, launched their first distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack on Saturday, taking down PayPal's blog,, for at least eight hours.

They even showed their frustration by taking down the websites of Visa, Mastercard and the Swiss Post Office bank for freezing WikiLeaks accounts. They didn't even spare the website of the Swedish prosecutor's office for pursuing Assange on allegations of sex crimes.

Aftonbladet, country's top-selling daily, said the official government website,, was offline for a few hours overnight to Thursday, publishing a screen shot which showed the server could not be reached. The site was working normally again later in the day.

The paper also reported that WikiLeaks supporters had created a website bearing Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask's name which then redirected users to WikiLeaks own site.

On Wednesday, the group attacked the websites of US conservative standard bearer Sarah Palin and US Senator Joe Lieberman, who called for US companies to withdraw technical support for WikiLeaks.

- Various media inputs

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