WikiLeaks, which this morning announced it would release hundreds of documents relating to this weekend’s failed Turkish coup, has come under a sustained cyber-attack.
The organisation was planning to release 300 000 emails and 500 000 documents relating to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), that is said would expose the Turkish political power structure.
According to its Twitter feed: “Our infrastructure is under sustained attack. We are unsure of the true origin of the attack. The timing suggests a Turkish state power faction or its allies.”
It had earlier warned that the Turkish government would try to prevent for documents from being released. “Turks will likely be censored to prevent them reading our pending release of 100k+ docs on politics leading up to the coup,” it posted on Twitter.
WikiLeaks has said it will still release the information and has asked member of the public, and especially Turkish people, to use systems like TorBrowser and uTorrent to access the files.
According to reports, more than 7 500 suspects had been detained in connection with the coup attempt, while about 8 000 police officers had been removed from their posts.