Swiss authorities stripped WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of a key fundraising tool Monday -- his new bank account -- and the secret-spilling web site fended off more suspected computer attacks as it maneuvered to stay online.
Scotland Yard was now considering the Swedish arrest warrant for Assange, who is staying at an undisclosed location in Britain, the BBC reported. It didn't cite its source and the U.K. police force declined to comment. WikiLeaks tweeted that UK has received the warrant and "may issue it shortly."
In contrast to official moves against the group, an unlikely band of computer-savvy advocates were riding to its rescue, determined to ensure free information via the Internet. These geek-warriors described their efforts as new form of guerrilla combat, where sophisticated online protests were replacing traditional street marches.
"It's the start of the information war, it really looks like that," said Pascal Gloor, vice president of the Swiss Pirate Party, whose Swiss Web address, wikileaks.ch, has been serving as a mainstay for WikiLeaks traffic.