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WikiLeaks Says It Has No Link To Cyberattacks

MasterCard was a target of the cyberattacks.
WikiLeaks said today it has no links to cyberattacks on global companies that are seen as enemies of the whistle-blowing website.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said on the group's website that the attacks were "a reflection of public opinion on the actions of the targets."

Hrafnsson neither supported nor condemned the online campaign by anonymous computer hackers who have vowed to continue a "data war" to protect Internet freedom.

A loosely organized "denial of service" campaign against those who have obstructed WikiLeaks operations -- calling itself "Operation Payback" -- has temporarily brought down the websites of Visa, MasterCard, and the Swedish government.

Members of a group called Anonymous say is a likely next target.

The group says its goal is to "win the right to keep the Internet free of any control from any entity, corporation, or government."

compiled from agency reports