Daily Digest: Emmer concedes, activists hack, Chilean prison set ablaze

by Katherine Lymn

Your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Dec. 8: 

Republican Tom Emmer conceded the Minnesota governor’s race this morning. After election night, Democrat Mark Dayton led Emmer by about 9,000 votes, and that gap barely changed after a hand recount. Check mndaily.com for updates throughout the day.

Tech-savvy WikiLeaks supporters have taken to the proverbial streets, attacking websites that have stopped supporting the organization since the latest release of 250,000 cables. Mastercard.com stopped processing donations to the organization, Amazon stopped hosting the server and PostFinance.com closed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s account. All were hit with “mass and repeated ‘denial of service’ attacks” by the “activist hacker” cybergroup Anonymous, who also attacked the Church of Scientology in a similar way in the past, the New York Times reported today. “We fight for the same reasons,” the group wrote in a manifesto released over the weekend. “We want transparency and we counter censorship.”

A fire in a Chilean prison killed at least 83 inmates earlier today, the Times reported. A fight in the crowded prison tower in capital Santiago led to the fire started on purpose, officials said. The prison holds 1,960 inmates, nearly twice the 1,100 capacity. 14 other inmates were critically injured. Relatives of inmates are growing frantic as they wait to hear who was killed. One woman told a reporter: “It is exasperating not to know if they are alive or dead. We have been here for hours, and they haven’t told us anything!”