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Wikileaks Institutes Paywall, Anonymous Ends Bromance

There's trouble in paradise for two of the Internet's most controversial organizations. Wikileaks, a service infamous for exposing government secrets, has been facing major financial trouble since the US enacted a global payment system embargo against the site. The service tried raising money by selling Wikileaks-themed gear, but it hasn't proved profitable enough to support both Julian Assange's legal fees and the site's operating costs.

So Wikileaks has instituted a paywall (pictured above), which charges visitors to view certain content. If you don't want to pay, you're also given the option of sharing a video through social media, a technique that a lot of people are uncomfortable with. This change in the way the site operates has upset a very powerful and one-time ally: Anonymous, the hacker collective.

Anonymous once attacked the very payment systems that boycotted Wikileaks. Now, however, the group has tweeted "This, dear friends will lose you allies you still had. @wikileaks, please die in a fire, kthxbai."

The group took to another website to post a clearer message, stating that while they still support Wikileak's original intent, they can no longer support the "One Man Julian Assange show." Although the group no longer considers themselves allies, they've stated no intention to go on the offensive.

via Tech Crunch

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