Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Mashable.com is reporting that hackers have attacked Change.org, the site hosting a petition in support of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
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.