Whatever else you can say about the ‘Yes Men’ political hoaxster group, they’ve got this uncanny ability to get the targets of the pranks to go completely nuts and wildly overreact. In this new case, the ‘Yes Men’ spoofed/imitated a Canadian government website. And the Canadian government created a sort of international case in response, pulling in law enforcement and other counterpart agencies across Europe to force the site offline. And in the process, once Germany and Denmark had been pulled into the hunt, they managed to zap thousands of other websites in the process.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.