That said, maybe people might not want to wake the doggie:
LONDON — In a campaign that had some declaring the start of a “cyberwar,” hundreds of Internet activists mounted retaliatory attacks on Wednesday on the Web sites of multinational companies and other organizations they deemed hostile to the WikiLeaks antisecrecy organization and its jailed founder, Julian Assange.
Within 12 hours of a British judge’s decision on Tuesday to deny Mr. Assange bail in a Swedish extradition case, attacks on the Web sites of WikiLeaks’s “enemies,” as defined by the organization’s impassioned supporters around the world, caused several corporate Web sites to become inaccessible or slow down markedly.
Independent hackers are much smarter than their government counterparts and it seems to me they're ready to put some serious hurt on anybody who dicks with Assange. I'd advise governments (especially ours) to make sure their countermeasures are up to par before pissing these guys off too badly.