Wikileaks Judge Reverses His Own Injunction

In 'oops!' moment, jurist says original ruling was likely unconstitutional
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2008 7:20 AM CST
A federal judge lifted an injunction and restraining order against whistleblower site Wikileaks yesterday, reversing his earlier judgement.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – The judge who (tried to) shut down Wikileaks by issuing an injunction against the whistleblowing site has changed his mind and lifted the order, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Judge Jeffrey White said his original order, designed to protect a Swiss Bank's information, raised "serious questions of prior restraint and possible violations of the First Amendment."

White's original order was widely criticized and had little practical effect anyway since disabling the domain didn't actually prevent access to the site's document stash. White noted that there was "a definite disconnect between the evolution of our constitutional jurisprudence and modern technology" when it came to dealing with an entity like Wikileaks, which has no formal president or physical headquarters.