Judge Rules Feds Can Have WikiLeaks Associates’ Twitter Data

Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by The Wrong Guy, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Judge Rules Feds Can Have WikiLeaks Associates’ Twitter Data

    From today:

    The Justice Department is entitled to records of the Twitter accounts used by three current and former WikiLeaks associates, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dealing a victory to prosecutors in a routine records demand that turned into a fierce court battle over online privacy and free speech.

    In a 60-page opinion (.pdf), U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady in Alexandria, Virginia upheld a magistrate’s decision earlier this year allowing prosecutors to obtain information on the accounts, including records showing when they sent direct messages to one another, and from what internet IP addresses. The ruling does not expose the content of the messages, nor information on other Twitter users who follow the accounts.


    The targets of the records demand are WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account, and the accounts of three people connected to the group: Seattle coder and activist Jacob Appelbaum; Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament; and Dutch businessman Rop Gonggrijp. Jonsdottir and Gonggrijp helped WikiLeaks prepare the release of a classified U.S. Army video published last year as “Collateral Murder,” and Appelbaum is the group’s U.S. representative.

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  3. muldrake Member

    At the very least, it would seem Birgitta Jonsdottir should be covered by sovereign immunity. I hope Iceland has the balls to raise an enormous international stink about this. Imagine how the United States would respond if some pisspot country demanded access to the email of our Congresspeople. We'd nuke the fuckers. Iceland should not tolerate this insult to its sovereignty.
  4. muldrake Member

    For some reason, the button for a url is blanked out and I forget the actual syntax.

    That's the actual opinion.

    Many of you probably don't remember this, but one of the defendants, Rop Gonggrijp, had a prominent role in the early (1995) OG anti-Scientology activism, as co-founder of, a hacktivist free speech supporting ISP that hosted the website of Karin Spaink, the first Internet activist to win a copyright lawsuit outright against the cult, giving her the first court-approved "Fishman Affidavit."

    Sorry about the broken links. I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing wrong, if I am.
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