Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who confessed to the bombing and shooting rampage in Norway that killed 76 people, has already argued in court that he’s innocent because he was trying to save Norway from the threat of immigration. Breivik has also said that the horrific attacks were in part to help advertise his 1,500 page anti-immigrant manifesto, which he published online a few days before the attacks. Now Anonymous, arbiter of Internet justice, has taken it upon itself to shut Breivik down with Operation UnManifest. The operation marks a departure for Anonymous from its most recent spate of attacking government organizations and corporations, but does highlight the reach the hacktivist group now has.
Anonymous announced the operation late last night with a call to action:
As Anders Behring Breivik wants to use the cruel action of killing over 90 young people to promote his 1516-page manifesto, also with the help of the internet, Anonymous suggests following action:
1. Find the Manifest of Anders Behring Breivik : 2083 – A European Declaration of Independence
2. Change it, add stupid stuff, remove parts, shoop his picture, do what you like to…..
3. Republish it everywhere and up vote releases from other peoples, declare that the faked ones are original
4. Let Anders become a joke, such that nobody will take him serious anymore
5. Spread this message around the internet and real life, translate it
6. Have a moment for the victims of his cruel attacks
We all are anonymous,
We all are Legion,
We all do not forgive murder,
We all do not forget the victims.
With Anonymous’ long arms and excellent publicity machine already flooding Twitter and the press with information regarding Operation UnManifest, it’s hard to imagine the call to action won’t find some sort of traction. It’s already proving to be a success. While it’s possible that Anonymous affiliates may end up eliminating Breivik’s manifesto all together, or defacing it beyond recognition, Anonymous’ large reputation is already tainting the authenticity of any copies of the work that arise.