But former Wales and Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said Sunday that the attackers don’t seem to have done their homework.
“If the reason … is revenge for Assange’s treatment, it’s weird to attack me,” Hain said in comments carried by the BBC. “They have not done their research because I have supported Assange and opposed his extradition.”
Assange, whose website outraged U.S. officials with its spectacular leaks of classified data, is wanted in Sweden over allegations of sexual assault against two women he met there in 2010. The nearly two-year-long effort to extradite him from the U.K. has drawn worldwide attention, in part because Assange and his supporters have suggested that the Swedish sex case is a part of a Washington-orchestrated plot to drag him to the United States, where officials are weighing whether to charge him over the disclosures.