The website of the Australian Wikileaks Party remains offline under a denial of service attack which began an hour after its launch yesterday.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange launched the party via a video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London to the Fitzroy library in Melbourne. Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador and has been staying in the embassy since 19 June last year.
Assange was a candidate for a Victorian seat in federal Senate, one of six in the WikiLeaks Party to contest Senate seats across NSW and Western Australia for the upcoming federal election.
Activist identity and vocal opponent of WikiLeaks known as the Jester claimed responsibility via Twitter.
http://t.co/fBtUswO4pw - TANGO DOWN - Wikileaks Political Party site in AUS. For grooming US gov employees & contractors into treason.— JΞSTΞR™ (@th3j35t3r) July 25, 2013
The WikiLeaks Party declined to comment on the attacks.
The Party said it was running on a platform of transparency, accountability and justice.