Feds Snooping in Our Twitter Account: WikiLeaks

Leakers unseal court order seeking messages, contact info
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Icelandic lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir, a WikiLeaks supporter whose Twitter account information was sought by the feds, poses for this photo Feb. 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/HO)
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(Newser) – The US is trying to strong-arm Twitter into forking over WikiLeaks' account details, subpoenaing private messages and contact details alike of Julian Assange and Co., reports the AP. WikiLeaks made the complaint in a statement today, alleging that other US web firms were likewise being ordered to surrender info on the leakers.

"If the Iranian government was to attempt to coercively obtain this information from journalists and activists of foreign nations, human rights groups around the world would speak out," Assange said in a statement. A sealed court order, since posted on Salon after Twitter allegedly took legal action to be able to inform WikiLeaks of the probe, told Twitter the information was "relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation." The order also targeted Bradley Manning and other WikiLeaks' supporters.

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