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Hackers Target Petition In Support Of Ai Weiwei

Mashable.com is reporting that hackers have attacked Change.org, the site hosting a petition in support of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

We talked about the Ai's work on These Days today. His sculpture will be on view in an exhibition at MCASD at the end of April and a group of San Diegans visited his studio last November.

After today's interview, I linked to the petition, which was organized by the Guggenheim in New York and has over 90,000 signatures. I kept getting messages from readers/listeners saying the link was broken. Now we know why.

Ai Weiwei was taken into custody on April 3rd at a Beijing airport. No one has heard from him since. The outspoken artist has been critical of the Chinese government in the past, resulting in a prior arrest and beating.

According to Mashable, a Change.org spokesperson said:

'There’s no evidence that this has come from the Chinese government, but clearly the circumstantial evidence is pretty powerful,' the spokesperson says, noting that the for-profit organization has called on the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of East Asian Pacific Affairs for assistance.

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