Twitter and WikiLeaks - subpoena
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. 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.
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. Lawyers appeal Twitter data handover decision in WikiLeaks case. Posted on 29 March 2011.
Not satisfied with the court's decision that it has to turn over account details of three of its users to the US Department of Justice, three Twitter users have filed a motion to overthrow the decision made by US Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan of the Eastern District of Virginia on March 11. The users in question are American security researcher Jacob Appelbaum, Icelandic politician Birgitta Jonsdottir and Dutch computer programmer Rop Gonggrijp.
They are believed to be (or have been) in contact with WikiLeaks, and the US government is trying to find out details about their possible involvement with the release of the US diplomatic cables, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and/or Bradley Manning, the military analyst that has allegedly shared the cables with WikiLeaks. Top Computer Scientists Back WikiLeaks Associates in Twitter Case | Threat Level. 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.
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. Computer experts back appeal in Twitter-Wikileaks case.
Posted on 01 April 2011.
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 | Datacide. Twitter subpoena. Chronology Prior to the December 2010 subpoena relating to the WikiLeaks, Twitter had received at least one subpoena for information about its users.
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. 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.
The US District Court in Virginia said it wanted information including user names, addresses, connection records, telephone numbers and payment details. WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas | Media. WikiLeaks has demanded that Google and Facebook reveal the contents of any US subpoenas they may have received after it emerged that a court in Virginia had ordered Twitter to secretly hand over details of accounts on the micro-blogging site by five figures associated with the group, including Julian Assange.
Amid strong evidence that a US grand jury has begun a wide-ranging trawl for details of what networks and accounts WikiLeaks used to communicate with Bradley Manning, the US serviceman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of sensitive government cables, some of those named in the subpoena said they would fight disclosure. "Today, the existence of a secret US government grand jury espionage investigation into WikiLeaks was confirmed for the first time as a subpoena was brought into the public domain," WikiLeaks said in a statement.
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.
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? Twitter Must Give User Info in Wikileaks Probe. Federal judge denies bid of three linked to Wikileaks to keep Twitter information secret.