World update: Assange supporters continue web attacks
December 9th, 2010
06:27 AM ET

World update: Assange supporters continue web attacks

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Thursday:

WikiLeaks latest – Julian Assange’s supporters have continued to wreak havoc on the internet as they hit companies who have withheld WikiLeaks payments as well as the Swedish government’s website.

Student protest - Today is the day that British MPs vote on whether or not to remove caps on students’ tuition fees and the last day for students to make their voices heard to the government, so large-scale protests are expected.Peace Prize - Friday in Oslo is the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies ... a big event, but without the winner: Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.  There's no "presentation" this year, just an event marking the award.  Amnesty International is protesting China's treatment of Xiaobo by presenting a fake Nobel Prize to the Chinese Embassy in London.  China, in turn, calls Liu a "criminal", and is all set to give out its own first-ever peace prize Thursday, a counter to the Norwegian Nobel committee's choice.

Ivory Coast - Ivory Coast's political crisis continues, sparked by a disputed election that has seen two rival leaders lay claim to the presidency.  Laurent Gbagbo, the  incumbent, was declared the winner by the Constitutional Council. Opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara was declared the winner by the Electoral Commission, which said that he won 54.1 percent of the vote.

Olympic venue - HRH The Princess Royal will unveil the completed London 2012 Canoe Slalom venue outside of London, the first brand new 2012 venue to be finished. The Lee Valley White Water Centre will host the canoe slalom events during the Olympic Games. Before and after 2012, the venue will be used as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue.

Europe weather - Bad weather continues to hit Northern Europe closing roads and airports. Meanwhile southern Spain has been hit by floods.

Honeymoon murder - The husband of a bride who was murdered on honeymoon in SA may appear in a London court again today for a bail hearing.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. crazy

    So sick of gov infringing on our freedoms.colleges sent emails warning students not to read wikileaks,gov told federal employee they cant.communism

    December 9, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      Gentlemen, meet Lug...

      December 9, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Julian Assange

      Hey... MISTER... you and our comments are what is wrong with America today... Where is your respect?

      Time to get a job !!!!!

      January 7, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Protoman

    Communism has nothing to do with it. The Devil gives you the choice between two evils and knows none of you will fight for a 3rd choice. It's all about control.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      Burglekutt, I'm gonna...

      December 9, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. rockireindeer

    The public needs some of this information to protect itself. Current light has been shed on some of the relationships that people did not know existed, like the pharma companies being “vital” to the US feds. This relationship goes a long way to explain seemingly bizarre and dangerous decisions made by the FDA in regards to Avandia and psych meds and the explosion of the mental health industry and drugs. People need to know that the approval process for these drugs is heavily tainted by DOD & DOJ interests and the FDA is merely a puppet organization when deciding whether or not to take or give psych meds to their children.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      You're... beautiful.

      December 9, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thomas

    Agree, reindeer. Also explains the prices pharm companys charge the sick and dying and the elderly for the meds they have no choice but to buy. Im sure the insurance companies are also 'vital'. What a sweet little deal for the gov, huh. And of course they don't want college kids reading wiki. They are the young, fresh minds with the passion to effect change.

    December 9, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      And you're very strong.

      December 9, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. mjwilstein

    Jon Stewart asked whether WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is a terrorist or a freedom-fighter on last night's Daily Show:

    December 9, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      Nothing you wouldn't have done in my place.

      December 9, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. broke

    if i was President id fix this country up in 3 months. but 2 bad pple r 2 blind 2 pick some1 who can actually do that

    December 9, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      Excuse me, are we having a party?

      December 9, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil are absolutly correct. The relationship between Congress and big-pharma is preposterous and leads to more deaths than warfare. That's right. Each year tens of thousands of US die from taking dangerous drugs improperly prescribed They have US spending more on pharma than on national defense. For every dollar working American's make, about 15 cents goes to big-pharma. It's crazy to begin with, and since the's downright scary.

    December 9, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      Absolutely. There's nothing to worry about.

      December 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. chad david

    You shouldn't compare america with england. America was founded on fear, lies, and flat out deception. It has went down hill ever since.dor another country to want to be like us is ludacriss the u.s. Has more of its own people enslaved (locked up) than any other civilization in history and has devised a system where your past determines your future thus handing out felonies.which in a nut shell If you have a felony you can't own a firearm if you can't bear arms you have no way to defend against tyrany of our gov. Americans have lost this country belongs to the badges of corruption.

    December 9, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Madmartigan

      Take your hand off that! You leave that alone you stupid, fat Daikini!

      December 9, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Chad David and People of the United States;
      Not that people did not already know it but,everything in Govt. and Business all around the world is intertwinded in shady deals and corruption.Unfortunity the world needs what business produces to survive.It kinda reminds me of an Elton John song I used to listen to when I was in the military oversea back in the early 1970's.It went "Burn down the Mission if you want to stay alive".

      December 9, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. gosang


    December 9, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chemp

    Target EVERYTHING!! Destroy EVERYTHING !! Just like Rome !!
    Hello Dark Ages !! We will all be better off with NOTHING....... Right?? FIRE!!

    December 9, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alison

    CNN – Can we PUHLEASE hear more about Bradley Manning instead of Julian Assange? In my opinion, Bradley Manning deserves the media cruxifiction much more so than Julian. Bradley is the Benedict Arnold that started this whole mess.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    So true Allison. It's like they're more upset with the guy that told them their wife was cheating than they are with her or the dude she was sleeping with. Very strange social behavior indeed.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard in Texas

    So true. The messenger is getting killed when it should be the traitor.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Cut the right-wing mumbo-jumbo,will you? It gets awfully old!!!

      December 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ***dude***

    daniel – right wing, right wing, right wing – get some new material – you're a broken record

    December 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |