When parts of WikiLeaks' website recently disappeared behind a banner asking that users make a donation a tactic similar to the paywalls of some newspapers online anger exploded across the Internet, with criticism coming from many who had backed the organization in the past.
"This, dear friends will lose you all allies you still had," said a statement posted by a heavily-followed, Anonymous-linked Twitter account.
The scale of the annoyance among Anonymous supporters was difficult to gauge because the leaderless movement is by its nature hard to get a handle on. But several closely watched Twitter accounts linked to Anonymous expressed anger and unhappiness with the move.
One released a full statement saying that the fundraising campaign was the final straw.
"We have been worried about the direction WikiLeaks is going for a while. In the recent month the focus moved away from actual leaks and the fight for freedom of information further and further while it concentrated more and more on Julian Assange," the statement said. It also expressed annoyance with the 41-year-old Australian's recent meeting with pop diva Lady Gaga at the embassy.