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Hackers Hit Tunisian PM’s E-Mail on Alleged Rights Violations

April 09, 2012

A group that claimed to be linked to hacker group Anonymous said it obtained over 2,700 e-mails belonging to Tunisia’s prime minister in protest against attacks on demonstrators.

“We have kept a large part of the Tunisian government’s data secret. If the government will not respect human rights and the freedom of expression in Tunisia, we will publish these secrets on the Internet,” a masked individual who claimed to be with the group said in Web video posted on the Facebook page, Anonymous TN. It was unclear when the video was posted.

“We are trying to verify the authenticity of the news and the video and we will study the topic morally, and legally, and issue a statement tomorrow,” Ridha Kosdoghli, spokesman for Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, said in a phone interview today.

The individual on the video said the hacking was a protest against the government’s failure to protect artists who were attacked by Salafis last month, as well as attacks by security forces on unemployed demonstrators over the weekend.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden in Dubai at

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