U.S. Sought WikiLeaks’ Email

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U.S. Sought WikiLeaks’ Email

Secret Orders Target Email

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020347680457661328400731507...

The U.S. government has obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small Internet provider Sonic.net Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Sonic said it fought the government's order and lost, and was forced to turn over information. Challenging the order was "rather expensive, but we felt it was the right thing to do," said Sonic's chief executive, Dane Jasper. The government's request included the email addresses of people Mr. Appelbaum corresponded with the past two years, but ...

 

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From the Daily Beast

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U.S. Sought WikiLeaks’ Email

The U.S. government is using a type of secret court order to try to force Google and a small Internet provider named Sonic.net to hand over emails from WikiLeaks’ volunteer Julian Appelbaum, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Sonic said it fought a “rather expensive” battle to fight the government’s order—and lost. The U.S. government used a rarely used law known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which dates back to 1986, to secretly obtain information from emails and cellphones without a warrant—despite cries that it's a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The secret order shows part of what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last year is part of an “active criminal investigation” into WikiLeaks. Appelbaum, 28, an outspoken advocate for the organization, has not been charged with any crime.

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