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MORE* Re: G3/S3- US/CT- U.S. Subpoenas Twitter Account, WikiLeaks Says

Released on 2013-03-06 00:00 GMT
Email-ID 1629225
Date 2011-01-08 16:00:57
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*WL assumes other indictments against other internet companies. The
jerkoffs don't seem to realize there is a federal leak investigation going
on, this is no surprise.
WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas


Call comes after it emerges that US has tried to force Twitter to release
WikiLeaks members' private details
* Peter Beaumont
* guardian.co.uk, Saturday 8 January 2011 14.39 GMT
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/08/wikileaks-calls-google-facebook-us-subpoenas/print

WikiLeaks has demanded that Google and Facebook unseal any US subpoenas
they may have received after it emerged that a court in Virginia had
ordered Twitter secretly to hand over details of accounts and use of 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 wideranging 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 today.

The writ, approved by a court in Virginia in December, demands that the
San Franscisco based micro-blogging site hand over all details of accounts
and private messaging on Twitter - including the computers and networks -
used by five individuals.

Those include WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Manning, Icelandic MP
Brigitta Jonsdottir and Dutch hacker Rop Gonggrijp. Three of those -
Gonggrijp, Assange and Jonsdottir - were named as "producers" of the first
significant leak from the US cables cache, a video of an Apache helicopter
attack that killed civilians and journalist in Baghdad.

The broad-reaching legal document also targets an account held by Jacob
Applebaum, a US computer programmer whose computer and phones were
examined by US officials in July after he was stopped returning from
Holland to the US.

The court issuing the subpoena said it believed that it believed that
there were "reasonable grounds" to believe Twitter held information
"relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation."

It also ordered Twitter not to notify the targets of the subpoena, which
the company successfully challenged.

The court order crucially demands that Twitter hand over details of source
and destination Internet Protocol addresses used to access the accounts,
which would help investigators identify how the named individuals
communicated with each other, as well as email addresses used.

The emergence of the subpoena appears to confirm for the first time the
existence of a secret grand jury empanelled to investigate whether
individuals associated with WikiLeaks, and Assange in particular, can be
prosecuted for alleged conspiracy with Manning to steal the classified
documents.

US attorney general Eric Holder has already said publicly that he believed
that Assange could be prosecuted under the US Espionage Act. The court
that issued the subpoena is in the same jurisdiction where press reports
have located a grand jury investigating Assange.

It has also been reported that Manning has been offered a plea bargain if
he co-operates with the investigation.

The emergence of the Twitter subpoena - which was unsealed after a legal
challenge by the company - emerged after WikiLeaks announced that it
believed other US Internet companies had also been ordered to hand over
information about its activities.

WikiLeaks also condemned the court order, saying it amounted to
harassment.

"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 the
statement.

"I think I am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a
phone," Jonsdottir said in a Twitter message.

Twitter has declined comment on the claim, saying only that its policy is
to notify its users, where possible, of government requests for
information.

The subpoena itself is an unusual one known as a 2703(d) which a recent
Federal appeals court ruled was insufficient to order the disclosure of
the contents of communication. Significantly, however, that ruling is
binding in neither Virginia - where it was issued - or in San Francisco
where Twitter is based.

Assange has promised to fight the order, as has Jonsdottir, who said in a
Twitter message that she had "no intention to hand my information over
willingly".

Appelbaum, whose Twitter feed suggested he was traveling in Iceland, said
he was apprehensive about returning to the US. "Time to try to enjoy the
last of my vacation, I suppose," he tweeted.

Gonggrijp praised Twitter for notifying him and others that the US had
subpoenaed his details. "It appears that Twitter, as a matter of policy,
does the right thing in wanting to inform their users when one of these
comes in," Gonggrijp said. "Heaven knows how many places have received
similar subpoenas and just quietly submitted all they had on me."


On 1/8/11 8:45 AM, Sean Noonan wrote:

*This is not 'according to wikileaks'- Twitter released a copy of the
subpoena, so that is not BS from wikileaks (but the rest of their
announcement is)

U.S. Subpoenas Twitter Account, WikiLeaks Says
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 9:10 a.m. EST on January 08, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/01/07/us/AP-US-US-WikiLeaks.html?ref=world
[LINK to .pdf of court oder:http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/01/07/twitter/subpoena.pdf ]

LONDON (AP) - U.S. officials have issued a subpoena to demand details
about WikiLeaks' Twitter account, the group announced Saturday,
adding that it suspected other American Internet companies were also
being ordered to hand over information about its activities.

In a statement, WikiLeaks said U.S. investigators had gone to the San
Francisco-based Twitter Inc. to demand the private messages, contact
information and other personal details of WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange and other supporters, including the U.S. Army intelligence
analyst suspected of handing classified information to the site and a
high-profile Icelandic parliamentarian.

WikiLeaks blasted the court order, saying it amounted to harassment.

"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 the
statement.

A copy of the court order, dated Dec. 14 and posted to Salon.com, said
the information sought was "relevant to an ongoing criminal
investigation" and ordered Twitter not to disclose its existence to
Assange or any of the others targeted.

The order was unsealed "thanks to legal action by Twitter," WikiLeaks
said.

Twitter has declined comment on the claim, saying only that its policy
is to notify its users, where possible, of government requests for
information.

Others named in the order include Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army
private suspected of being the source of some of WikiLeaks' material, as
well as Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic lawmaker and one-time
WikiLeaks collaborator known for her role in pioneering Iceland's media
initiative - which aims to make the North Atlantic island nation a haven
for free speech.

The U.S. is also seeking details about Dutch hacker Rop Gonggrijp and
U.S. programmer Jacob Appelbaum, both of whom have previously worked
with WikiLeaks.

Assange has promised to fight the order, as has Jonsdottir, who said in
a Twitter message that she had "no intention to hand my information over
willingly." Appelbaum, whose Twitter feed suggested he was traveling in
Iceland, said he was apprehensive about returning to the U.S.

"Time to try to enjoy the last of my vacation, I suppose," he tweeted.

Gonggrijp expressed annoyance that court officials had misspelled his
last name - and praised Twitter for notifying him and others that the
U.S. had subpoenaed his details.

"It appears that Twitter, as a matter of policy, does the right thing in
wanting to inform their users when one of these comes in," Gonggrijp
said. "Heaven knows how many places have received similar subpoenas and
just quietly submitted all they had on me."

WikiLeaks also voiced its suspicion that other organizations, such as
Facebook Inc. and Google Inc., had also been served with court orders,
and urged them to "unseal any subpoenas they have received."

Google and Facebook's London offices did not immediately return calls
seeking comment.

U.S. officials have been deeply angry with WikiLeaks for months, for
first releasing tens of thousands of U.S. classified military documents
on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, then more recently posting
thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables. U.S. officials say
posting the military documents put informers' lives at risk, and posting
diplomatic cables made other countries reluctant to deal with American
officials.

Although its relations with the U.S. government have been ugly,
WikiLeaks and its tech-savvy staff rely have relied heavily on American
Internet and finance companies to raise funds, disseminate material and
get their message out.

WikiLeaks' Facebook page, for example, counts 1.5 million fans and its
Twitter following is upward of 600,000 followers. Until recently, the
group raised donations via PayPal Inc., MasterCard Inc., and Visa Inc.,
and hosted material on Amazon.com's servers.

But the group's use of American companies has come under increasing
pressure as it continues to reveal U.S. secrets.

U.S. officials have been examining possible charges against WikiLeaks
and its staff following the series of spectacular leaks, which have
embarrassed officials and tarnished Washington's image.

WikiLeaks denies U.S. charges that its postings could put lives at risk,
saying that Washington merely is acting out of embarrassment over the
revelations contained in the cables.

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Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report.
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Sean Noonan

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Office: +1 512-279-9479

Mobile: +1 512-758-5967

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www.stratfor.com

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Sean Noonan

Tactical Analyst

Office: +1 512-279-9479

Mobile: +1 512-758-5967

Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

www.stratfor.com

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