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WIKILEAKS: Australians Call For Legislation to Protect Whistleblowers. SYDNEY, Mar 23, 2011 (IPS) - Some Australians are convinced their government is sharing intelligence information with foreign powers about citizens implicated by documents released by Wikileaks. The government’s refusal to acknowledge any hand in the case against Wikileaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange has earned the ire of students, academics, lawyers, journalists, and teachers, plus members of the community who are supporting Assange and free speech. "The Australian government, like other western governments, is increasingly involved in activities which its citizens would renounce if they knew of them," Julian Burnside, a human rights and refugee advocate here, told IPS.

Assange has accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of swapping information about Australians with foreign countries - particularly those who work with Wikileaks. Gillard denied the claim, saying, "I honestly don’t know what he is talking about. So I am afraid I can’t help him with full and frank disclosures. Brussels plenary session 23-24 March. On 23 March MEPs asked the Commission and the Council about the implications for EU citizens of a US court order obliging Twitter to hand over personal data, messages and communications of users considered to be related to WikiLeaks.

Brussels plenary session 23-24 March

What personal data protection rights do EU-based Twitter users have in such cases? In January 2011, Twitter made public a subpoena (threat of legal punishment) from the US Department of Justice that asked for the handover of personal data of persons suspected of having a connection to WikiLeaks. Amongst them was an Icelandic MP and a Dutch citizen. The subpoena was followed by a US court order issued to Twitter to reveal data such as the source and destination of e-mails and IP addresses. Lawyers appeal Twitter data handover decision in WikiLeaks case. Posted on 29 March 2011.

Lawyers appeal Twitter data handover decision in WikiLeaks case

Top Computer Scientists Back WikiLeaks Associates in Twitter Case. The government should be required to obtain a search warrant to get the IP addresses of Twitter users linked to WikiLeaks, argues a court brief filed Thursday by a group of respected security experts who say the addresses carry a higher expectation of privacy than mere phone numbers.

Top Computer Scientists Back WikiLeaks Associates in Twitter Case

The amicus brief, filed in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, argues that IP addresses, like cellphone location data, can reveal a lot about a person’s movement, activities and even associations, and therefore should enjoy a higher degree of protection than phone numbers. (.pdf) The brief was filed by Steve Bellovin, computer science professor at Columbia University; Matt Blaze, computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania; Peter Neuman, principal scientist at SRI International; Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer at BT; and others.

It’s not disputed that a 2703(d) order can be used to get the phone numbers a target called. Computer experts back appeal in Twitter-Wikileaks case. Posted on 01 April 2011.

Computer experts back appeal in Twitter-Wikileaks case

A number of respected security experts have decided to formally speak up in favor of the appeal that lawyers have filed against the Twitter data handover decision in WikiLeaks case, so they filed an amicus brief - a legal opinion that could influence the court's final decision - stating that they think the government needs to obtain a search warrant if they want to get the IP addresses of the Twitter users linked to WikiLeaks. The brief was filed in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, by Steven Bellovin, computer science professor at Columbia University; Peter Neumann, Principal Scientist at the SRI International Computer Science Laboratory; Bruce Schneier, Chief Security Technology Officer at BT; Susan Landau, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and former Sun Microsystem engineer; and others.

Datacide 11 – Political news compiled by Nemeton. Twitter subpoena. Chronology[edit] Prior to the December 2010 subpoena relating to the WikiLeaks, Twitter had received at least one subpoena for information about its users.

Twitter subpoena

Just after the Attorney-General of the US state of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett was elected as governor of Pennsylvania, it was revealed that he had issued a subpoena against Twitter to demand personal information on two users who criticised him. The sub-poena included phone numbers, email addresses, banking info, and internet accounts. Subpoena issued with accompanying gag order[edit] WikiLeaks alleged it had evidence suggesting similar subpoenas had been issued to Google and Facebook,[17] and lawyer Mark Stephens said that similar information had been sought not only from Google and Facebook but also from eBay's Skype unit.[1] WikiLeaks called for Google and Facebook to unseal the subpoenas if they had received them,[17] but no spokespeople were available to comment.[1] Appeal and publication of the subpoena[edit] [edit]

US wants Twitter details of Wikileaks activists. 8 January 2011Last updated at 18:09 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is currently fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden The US government has subpoenaed the social networking site Twitter for personal details of people connected to Wikileaks, court documents show.

US wants Twitter details of Wikileaks activists

The US District Court in Virginia said it wanted information including user names, addresses, connection records, telephone numbers and payment details. Those named include Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and an Icelandic MP. The US is examining possible charges against Mr Assange over the leaking of classified diplomatic cables. Reports indicate the Department of Justice may seek to indict him on charges of conspiring to steal documents with Private First Class Bradley Manning, a US Army intelligence analyst.

Mr Manning is facing a court martial and up to 52 years in prison for allegedly sending Wikileaks the diplomatic cables, as well military logs about incidents in Afghanistan and Iraq and a classified military video. WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas. WikiLeaks: Too late to unfollow; tric... WikiLeaks: WARNING all 637,000 @wikil... Twitter Court Order Could Turn Off Followers. Why Twitter Was the Only Company to Challenge the Secret WikiLeaks Subpoena. Alexander Macgillivray" />Secret subpoenas* information requests of the kind the Department of Justice sent Twitter are apparently not unusual.

Why Twitter Was the Only Company to Challenge the Secret WikiLeaks Subpoena

In fact, other tech companies may also have received similar WikiLeaks-related requests. But what is unusual in this story is that Twitter resisted. Which raises an interesting question: Assuming that Twitter was not the only company to have been served a secret subpoena order, why was it the only company that fought back? The answer might lie in the figure leading Twitter’s legal efforts, Alexander Macgillivray (right), an incredibly mild mannered (really) but sharp-as-a-tack cyber law expert.

Twitter’s general counsel comes out of Harvard’s prestigious Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the cyber law powerhouse that has churned out some of the leading Internet legal thinkers. Twitter wooed Macgillivray away from Google in the summer of 2009, and he now heads a 25-person legal team. Twitter Must Give User Info in Wikileaks Probe. Federal judge denies bid of three linked to Wikileaks to keep Twitter information secret.