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    Twitter Hit with WikiLeaks Subpoena

    Post by Ben Wars on Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:36 pm


    A U.S. court has ordered Twitter to provide details of user accounts linked to several WikiLeaks supporters as part of a federal investigation.

    A federal court has ordered Twitter to turn over details of accounts tied to several WikiLeaks supporters as part of the government's investigation into the whistle-blower site.

    The U.S. Department of Justice obtained a subpoena for the microblogging site Dec. 14 requesting records going back to Nov. 1, 2009, that are "relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation." Among those targeted are WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Dutch hacker Rop Gonggrijp (whose name is misspelled in the subpoena) and Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking documents to WikiLeaks.

    Also named in the subpoena are computer programmer Jacob Appelbaum (identified by his Twitter username, ioerror) and former WikiLeaks volunteer and current Icelandic parliament member Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who wrote the following in a tweet: "just got this: Twitter has received legal process requesting information regarding your Twitter account in (relation to wikileaks)."

    Jónsdóttir also tweeted that she plans to oppose the subpoena.

    According to a copy of the court order published by Salon.com (PDF), the government is looking for a variety of information, including session times and mailing addresses.

    "WikiLeaks strongly condemns this harassment of individuals by the U.S. government," WikiLeaks said in a statement relayed to Reuters by WikiLeaks attorney Mark Stephens.

    The recent WikiLeaks controversy began when the site started publishing a trove of U.S. diplomatic cables in late November. The release of the documents has touched off months of debate and prompted WikiLeaks supporters and opponents alike to air their differences with denial-of-service attacks while businesses such as PayPal cut ties with the whistle-blower site.

    In December, Assange was arrested in the U.K. on charges of sexual assault that had initially been dropped by authorities in Sweden. He is currently out on bail.

    In its statement, WikiLeaks reportedly said that some of the people named in the subpoena were key figures in helping WikiLeaks make public U.S. military video of a 2007 air strike that killed Iraqi civilians. WikiLeaks is instructing its lawyers to oppose the subpoena, and is calling on Facebook and Google to disclose whether they received similar subpoenas as well.

    A federal judge unsealed the court order Jan. 5 after Twitter requested the right to inform the people being targeted.

    In addition to obtaining the subpoena, it was also revealed that the U.S. government has taken steps to protect people judged by officials to be in danger because of the document leak. On Jan. 7, U.S. State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley told the media the department has helped relocate "a handful of people" identified in the diplomatic documents out of concern for their safety.

    WikiLeaks has denied putting any lives at risk.

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    Re: Twitter Hit with WikiLeaks Subpoena

    Post by Vicky on Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:04 pm

    i though wislte blowers where save i just that only work if not giving info about us gov this some bs
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    Re: Twitter Hit with WikiLeaks Subpoena

    Post by Veronica_X on Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:26 pm

    i dont tweet because im anti twitter and facebook. because i'm sure you dont need to know what i'm doing every 5 minutes Razz
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    Re: Twitter Hit with WikiLeaks Subpoena

    Post by Meesh on Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:40 pm

    Veronica_X wrote:i dont tweet because im anti twitter and facebook. because i'm sure you dont need to know what i'm doing every 5 minutes Razz

    LOL! I need to know what you're doing every 5 minutes!! Get a twitter! And that's crazy huh? You're lucky you don't have a twitter, who knows, you could be linked to those wikileaks!! Then you'll have to deal with the gov turning over your account details. You're in the clear Wink

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    Re: Twitter Hit with WikiLeaks Subpoena

    Post by SPADEZ on Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:18 pm

    wow.. this is the 2nd time that I hear about wikileaks going under investigation for a serious leak against the US government. Last time they leaked numberous missions in iraq to the public and nearly put the lives of our soldiers at risk o_O


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