Not everyone appreciated Public Broadcasting Service’s Frontline coverage of Bradley Manning and his alleged role in the WikiLeaks scandal. First Frontline published the entire Wall of Manning’s Facebook page (the beasts!). Then WikiLeaks and Julian Assange himself criticized their coverage, claiming the episode “is hostile and misrepresents WikiLeaks’ views and tries to build an ‘espionage’ case against its founder, Julian Assange, and also the young soldier, Bradley Manning.” So guess which recent Queerty meme decided to pounce on PBS in retaliation?
In defense of WikiLeaks, a hacker group calling itself LulzSec (or “The Lulz Boat”) hacked the PBS.org website, publishing thousands of passwords, a bogus news story about deceased rapper Tupac living in New Zealand, and the above image of none other than our old rainbow-colored, star-hopping, Pop-Tart pal, Nyan Cat!
Oh, how we missed you Nyan Cat!
They also left this message:
Greetings, Internets. We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed. We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further… perusing. As you should know by now, not even that fancy-ass fortress from the third shitty Pirates of the Caribbean movie (first one was better!) can withhold our barrage of chaos and lulz. Anyway, unnecessary sequels aside… wait, actually: second and third Matrix movies sucked too! Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks. They best watch where they’re sailing next time.
This entire thing seems oddly similar to when a group called Anonymous (another WikiLeaks sympathizer) hacked the Westboro Baptist Church site. Neither hacker group targeted the sites for their anti-gay views, only for being disagreeable. And while it’s always nice to see WBC get hated on, we actually like PBS. The LulzSec attack only lasted for a short part of the weekend. If they wanted a gay web meme, maybe they could have used the Nasty Ass Honey Badger or the view the entire WikiLeaks episode of Frontline and decide for yourself.