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
A protester holds a sign during a demonstration outside FBI headquarters in support of U.S. Army Pfc Bradley Manning.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(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.

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Lo_Koppang
Mar 10, 2011 10:37 PM CST
What proof do they have? Is there a kodak moment? NO!!!..
beckjr2000
Mar 9, 2011 9:30 AM CST
I'd say that should "anonymous" go through with their threat they will be keeping Manning company before you know it!
Aitchondo
Mar 9, 2011 7:35 AM CST
I don't know who this Brown guy is, but please don't let his stupidity lead back to me. Some fools still think that Manning is a criminal, but those are the ones who, like the KKK don't believe in the justice system. Bradley has been charged, but he has not been convicted and from the way the government is handling it, he may never be. They may kill him in prison knowing they don't have a true case. On the other hand, I thank Bradley and others for getting my sons (in law) home early, after their expose of government and military corruption. Saved a lot of lives so far, but probably well too late.