DOJ Gets Subpoenas for WikiLeaks Twitter Accounts

Saturday, January 08, 2011



The Department of Justice requested subpoenas to access the Twitter accounts of WikiLeaks and several supporters in an ongoing criminal investigation of the whistleblower organization.

The federal subpoena was granted on December 14, 2010, and seeks information on the Twitter activities of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Army Private Bradley Manning, Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp and Birgitta Jonsdottir - who is a member of Iceland's Parliament.

The information sought includes residential, email addresses and IP addresses, session times, billing records, and bank account details.

The investigation is aimed at bringing charges against Assange and others who may have broken U.S. laws by gaining access to and then making public thousands of classified documents.

The subpoena gave Twitter three days to provide the information requested, and barred the company from notifying those involved until after a federal judge unsealed the order January 5th.

The revelation is confirmation that a formal criminal investigation is underway, and lawyers for WikiLeaks have requested that Google and Facebook also make public any orders to provide information in the investigation.


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