Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has become the latest victim of cyber attacks by supporters of WikiLeaks, who previously targeted Visa, MasterCard and other foes of the whistle-blower.
The Guardian reported last Friday hactivists said they had brought down government websites after President Robert Mugabe’s wife sued a newspaper for publishing a WikiLeaks cable that linked her to the alleged trade in illicit diamonds. Anonymous, the self-described Internet gathering, said on its website it was targeting Mugabe and his regime “who have outlawed the free press and threaten to sue anyone publishing WikiLeaks.”
Zimbabwe’s first lady filed a defamation suit against The Standard for $15 million for publishing details released by WikiLeaks claiming she had gained “tremendous profits” from the trade in illicit diamonds.
According to the Guardian, the article quotes from a U.S. embassy cable that alleged she was one of elite Zimbabweans making “several hundred thousand dollars a month” from the sale of illegal stones mined in the Marange district.
Reporters Without Borders has criticized Mugabe’s libel suit, saying it “aims to undermine The Standard, which just reported information available to everyone thanks to WikiLeaks.“