After a harsh exchange of tweets between Wikileaks and the AnonymousIRC account, some have reported that a “war” may have been sparked between the organizations. However, Anonymous representatives refute the claims and reassure everyone that there isn’t any conflict.
It all started with this tweet from Wikileaks: Whoever is behind @AnonymousIRC and is trying to get people to use insecure proxies and storage facilities is foolish, malicious or both.
The reply came soon enough: Wikileaks, didn't your mother teach you to not [expletive] where you eat? It seems not, so you have to be shown why it isn't a good idea.
However, according to the hacktivists, one Twitter account doesn’t represent the views of the entire “Global” community.
“The Anonymous account in question (@AnonymousIRC) is angry because all the contents of the ‘Syria Files’ are not being instantly published. This is due to the fact that the individual behind this account is not in the decision loop regarding our handing over these files to WikiLeaks,” they said in a statement
They explain that WikiLeaks was put in charge of leaking the Syria Files because the task can’t be performed by just anyone. On the other hand, not even WikiLeaks can publish all the documents at once because, for instance, many of them contain malicious code.
“There is NO war between WikiLeaks and Anonymous, nor could such a stupid thing ever happen,” they added.
“There is NO misunderstanding or disappointment in the speed of WikiLeaks disclosure of the ‘Syrian Files’, this was expected by those of us who made the decision to hand over the files to WikiLeaks and indeed the reason for the delay IS the reason we gave the files to them in the first place.”
to IB Times, one member of Anonymous explained that there is a “heavy crossover of personnel, with many doing work for both groups.”