Breaking: at 9a.m. CT today, the hacker collective Anonymous announced it had taken down the AIPAC website. The pro-Israel lobby group’s conference began today.
President Obama will speak at the conference this morning, where he’s already under fire for being seen to be weak on confronting Iran and on supporting Israel’s hardline leader. Republicans are hoping to make electoral hay at AIPAC and look to split as much as possible of the Jewish vote away from the president. Significantly, Obama’s warm-up act this morning was Liz Cheney. Guardian correspondent Chris McGreal tweets: Applause for Liz Cheney at Aipac when she says Obama done more to “undermine and delegitimise” Israel than any US president in history.
Update The AIPAC website is partly back up and running, with live feed just in time for Obama’s speech.
Update 2 Here’s the text of Obama’s speech to AIPAC as prepared for delivery. On Iran, he’s still using the phrase “nuclear weapon” rather than “nuclear capability” as AIPAC and Bibi want. But he’s also made clear Israel gets to decide on its own, and if it launches a pre-emptive attack over a ‘nuclear capability” then he’ll have it’s back.
Obviously Cheryl, in her post below this one, disagrees.