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U.S. government targets WikiLeaks with secret court orders



After first going after Twitter for information about accounts of WikiLeaks supporters, now the U.S. government has obtained secret court orders forcing Google Inc. and the Internet provider Sonic.net to hand over the email addresses of anyone who has corresponded with WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum during the past two years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

After fighting the court orders and losing, Sonic already has provided the information to the government, and it is unclear whether Google has done so, as well. The secret court orders are adding fuel to the flame when it comes to the debate over the controversial Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, which allows the government to obtain email and cellphone information without a search warrant, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters explained.

While Appelbaum, 28, has not been charged with anything, WikiLeaks has been a U.S. target since it made public thousands of secret diplomatic cables as well as classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Earlier this year Twitter got caught up in the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal investigation into WikiLeaks, as the government demanded information about the Twitter accounts of WikiLeaks supporters. So far Twitter has resisted.



1 comment

 
Max Waller wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

My views of the US Federal, States, City and County Government

To anyone who who wishes to become aware (wise) of how people we are supposed to trust and respect their authority that many times depending on the circumstances misuse and abuse their authority and break public trust known as breach of public trust I suggest the following. To try to minimize regrets - take time to know people and organizations. It does not mean you are paranoid, just being cautious. Before admiring people and organizations especially their approved and sanctioned images, research their deeds, their associations, and their supporters to know their personality and character.

Even though WikiLeaks broke many protocols and numerous laws their possible aim for for the public to understand how the US Federal, State, City, and County want to keep their corrupt and toxic deeds a secret.

Corrupt and toxic people and organizations will protect Corrupt and toxic people and organizations - from business transactions or personal favors.

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