Anonymous to Hit Quantico Over Manning Treatment

Activist hackers planning attack brig where WikiLeaker is being held

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 9, 2011 4:45 AM CST

(Newser) – The group of activist hackers known as Anonymous has declared war on the US military, according to a self-styled—and not so anonymous—spokesman for the collective. Barrett Brown, who calls himself a "propagandist" for Anonymous, says the group plans to disrupt operations at the brig where accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning is being held, MSNBC reports. Brown says the hacking will be revenge for the way Manning—who is now being forced to sleep naked—is being treated.

The "cyber war" will also include hacking attacks on major corporations and government officials, according to Brown, who says he doesn't fear prosecution. "My feeling is I’m going down anyway so I may as well do it with gusto," he tells the Financial Times. A military spokesman says the matter has been referred to law enforcement and counter-intelligence agencies.

A protester holds a sign during a demonstration outside FBI headquarters in support of U.S. Army Pfc Bradley Manning.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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It’s a guerilla cyberwar—that’s what I call it. It’s sort of an unconventional, asymmetrical act of warfare that we’ve involved in. And we didn’t necessarily start it.
- Barrett Brown

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