US tracked email of Wikileaks volunteer: report

Oct 10, 2011
A screensaver from the whistleblower website Wikileaks. US authorities have obtained a secret court order to force search giant Google and a small Internet provider to hand over information from email accounts of a volunteer for whistleblower website WikiLeaks, a report said.

US authorities have obtained a secret court order to force search giant Google and a small Internet provider to hand over information from email accounts of a volunteer for whistleblower website WikiLeaks, a report said.

The Wall Street Journal, citing documents it had reviewed, said the Sonic had been forced to turn over the data from the email of volunteer Jacob Appelbaum.

Sonic said it resisted the order but lost the legal battle, and had to pass on the information on email addresses Appelbaum had corresponded with over the past two years, according to the Journal.

Appelbaum, 28, has not been charged with any criminal conduct, while the financial daily said and Sonic had both called for him to be informed of the secret court order that targeted him.

WikiLeaks has angered US authorities for posting secret documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and releasing a slew of internal correspondence among US diplomats around the world.

The revelation of a secret court order raises questions around US authorities' ability to obtain information on people's digital correspondence -- by email and cellphone -- and whether the law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, violates constitutional protections over search and seizure.

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mattytheory
5 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2011
Uhm, I am going to go out on a limb here and argue that anything which gives the Government this much authority probably violates the Constitution.
KingDWS
not rated yet Oct 10, 2011
Not sure it gives the government anything. It is just a court order that evidently was supposed to be sealed. That happens quite often with active investigations.

The problem with wikileaks is that it potentially harms people who really have no control on what they have to do while not really accomplishing anything to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Turritopsis
1 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2011
WikiLeaks has angered US authorities for posting secret documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and releasing a slew of internal correspondence among US diplomats around the world.


Those who do no wrong have nothing to hide.
Turritopsis
1 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2011
Google


...will be my search engine no more.
dacarls
5 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2011
Please Note: Our Precious Freedom as Citizens of the United States of America is under constant attack. Is this the last loss? NOOOOOOOO! It is not the final loss of personal freedom, but it is coming close. Our children will suffer. There will be no place to hide.
Thank you, Mr. Cheney and Mr. G.W. Bush.
Turritopsis
1 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2011
Just quit playing their stupid games. Forget about government. No human being needs governance. Forget the "law". Quit referring to yourself as a citizen. You are a human being. Quit listening to others and live life freely. Stop voting. Do not show up to court when called. Do not let other humans make decisions for you and don't let others judge you. Freedom is not something that is given. It is something that is taken. Take back your freedom. It is your life to live. You are not a citizen but a human being residing on YOUR planet Earth. It is your planet. You want to drive? Drive. Driving is not a privilege, it is your right to travel your planet. You don't need a license to drive. You don't have to adhere to the legal system.

You want change? CHANGE. You hold the power. Do not give your power away. Fight and stand for what you believe in. This is your planet. You are not a "person". You are not a "citizen". You are a human being. FIGHT!
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (34) Oct 11, 2011
"No human being needs governance." - TurnipTard

How about these people?

http://www.wright...als.html
Turritopsis
1 / 5 (1) Oct 11, 2011
First off, I'm willing to sacrifice safety for freedom.

Secondly, there is no system that will stop the emergence of psychopaths in this world. In fact, just the opposite is the case: Oppressive systems (as all governments are by definition) increase the incidence of rebellious behavior.
sherriffwoody
not rated yet Oct 11, 2011

Thank you, Mr. Cheney and Mr. G.W. Bush.

And Mr Obama and every president who has been around the last 50 years and probably the next 50. You guys are a bi-democratic society but are all ultimately governed by a group of powerful and rich comapanies/people. Surely a true democratic society has more than 2 choices. I know you have independants, but come on. Get with the times, its so 150 years ago.
LivaN
not rated yet Oct 11, 2011
Not sure it gives the government anything. It is just a court order that evidently was supposed to be sealed. That happens quite often with active investigations.


The law - the Stored Communications Act - allows prosecutors to obtain certain electronic data without a search warrant or demonstrating probable cause.

http://www.physor...aks.html

Certainly that act violates the Constitution?
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (34) Oct 12, 2011
"First off, I'm willing to sacrifice safety for freedom." - American Turnip

Those who are willing to trade safety for freedom will find themselves with neither.

Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (34) Oct 12, 2011
"Certainly that act violates the Constitution?" - LivaN

Certainly the Courts disagree.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (34) Oct 12, 2011
"Secondly, there is no system that will stop the emergence of psychopaths in this world." - American turnip

The emergence of American Libertairan's is proof of that.

Government is required to identify and remove such miscreants from civilized society.
Turritopsis
1 / 5 (1) Oct 12, 2011
Those who are willing to trade safety for freedom will find themselves with neither.


False. Those unwilling to sacrifice their freedom will live free or not at all.
Turritopsis
1 / 5 (1) Oct 12, 2011
"Secondly, there is no system that will stop the emergence of psychopaths in this world." - American turnip

The emergence of American Libertairan's is proof of that.

Government is required to identify and remove such miscreants from civilized society.


Wrong again. Modern government is just glamorized tyranny. I take care of the people I love. If any "miscreant" harms someone I love that "miscreant" will be no more. No government required.

Your true colours shine through, the land you inhabit we share.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (34) Oct 14, 2011
"Those unwilling to sacrifice their freedom will live free or not at all." - American Turnip

There is no freedom to be had in living in a lawless, ungoverned society, in fear of your neighbor.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (34) Oct 14, 2011
"Modern government is just glamorized tyranny." - American Turnip

Awww... You poor little boy....

"I take care of the people I love." - American Turnip

As do most criminal psychopaths.

Like these people...

http://www.wright...als.html