U.S. seeks Twit­ter in­for­ma­tion on Wik­iLeaks

Court or­ders re­lease of ac­count de­tails as part of crim­i­nal probe

The Washington Post Sunday - - FROM PAGE ONE -

washington — A U.S. court has or­dered Twit­ter to hand over de­tails of the ac­counts of Wik­iLeaks and sev­eral sup­port­ers as part of a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the re­lease of hun­dreds of thou­sands of con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments.

The Dec. 14 sub­poena ob­tained by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and pub­lished by on­line mag­a­zine Sa­lon.com on Fri­day said the records were “rel­e­vant to an on­go­ing crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

It or­dered Twit­ter to pro­vide ac­count in­for­ma­tion about Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange and Bradley Man­ning, the U.S. Army in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst sus­pected of leak­ing Pen­tagon doc­u­ments made pub­lic last year by Wik­iLeaks.

The in­for­ma­tion sought by the govern­ment in­cludes all con­nec­tion records and ses­sion times, IP ad­dresses used to ac­cess Twit­ter, e-mail and res­i­den­tial ad­dresses plus billing records and de­tails of bank ac­counts and credit cards.

The sub­poena in­cluded the ac­counts of Wik­iLeaks sup­port­ers Ja­cob Appelbaum, Rop Gong­grijp and Bir­gitta Jons­dot­tir, a for­mer Wik­iLeaks vol­un­teer and mem­ber of Ice­land’s par­lia­ment.

“Wik­iLeaks strongly con­demns this ha­rass­ment of in­di­vid­u­als by the U.S. govern­ment,” Wik­iLeaks said in a state­ment is­sued to Reuters by its London lawyer, Mark Stephens.

Ice­land’s for­eign min­is­ter, Os­sur Skarphedins­son, told Ice­landic me­dia Satur­day that his govern­ment planned to lodge a protest Mon­day with the U.S. am­bas­sador in Reyk­javik.

Speak­ing on state ra­dio, Skarphedins­son said the U.S. au­thor­i­ties’ be­hav­ior was un­ac­cept­able and his govern­ment would do ev­ery­thing in its power to pro­tect Jons­dot­tir.

The U.S. govern­ment is ex­am­in­ing whether crim­i­nal charges can be brought against As­sange for help­ing to make pub­lic hun­dreds of thou­sands of con­fi­den­tial U.S. diplo­matic ca­bles that em­bar­rassed Washington and sev­eral of its al­lies.

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