"We have been worried about the direction WikiLeaks is going for a while. In the recent month the focus moved away from actual leaks and the fight for freedom of information further and further while it concentrated more and more on Julian Assange," the statement said. It also expressed annoyance with the 41-year-old Australian's recent meeting with pop diva Lady Gaga at the embassy.
The Anonymous statement said "we cannot support anymore what Wikileaks has become — the One Man Julian Assange show."
WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson did not immediately return an email seeking comment. On its Twitter feed, WikiLeaks appeared to shrug off what it described as a "kerfuffle."
"Thank you for drawing attention to our donation campaign while we have high costs in military courts," the organization said — a possible reference to Assange's fear that American officials are preparing to indict him, or have possibly already indicted him, in the U.S.
A statement from Anonymous supporters: http://pastebin.com/Juxb5M26
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