US Subpoenas Twitter for WikiLeaks Messages

If you've been working for WikiLeaks and Tweeting simultaneously, Uncle Sam wants you. Last night, it was learned the US has issued Twitter a broad subpoena for information from several persons associated with Wikileaks-- including Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and whomever's running the official Wikileaks twitter -- despite the fact that they have done nothing wrong. Apparently the subpoena was issued in mid-December, but it was sealed, and those targeted in the order didn't know until January 5, when a judge demanded it be unsealed so the targeted parties could object, according to Glenn Greenwald. The subpoena seeks a wide swathe of information, including addresses, login records and bank accounts dating back to November 1, 2009.

Icelandic politician Birgitta Jónsdóttir was the first to break the news, and last night she spoke to Wired.com. “I got the letter from Twitter a couple of hours ago, saying I got 10 days to stop it,” she wrote to them in an email. “Looking for legal ways to do it. Will be talking to lawyers from EFF” -- Electronic Frontier Foundation -- “tonight.” Those subpoenaed include Rop Gonggrijp, who has not been involved with WikiLeaks in months, but who was named as a producer in the release of the 'Collateral Damage' video -- WikiLeaks' big, pre-cables release -- which depicted civilians being killed by US troops in Afghanistan.

Head to Salon to read more.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 8, 2011, 4:39am

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