January 12, 2011
Twitter Ordered to Turn Over Data About Users with WikiLeaks Ties to DOJ
The DOJ obtained a court order requiring Twitter to turn over account information about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leak suspect Pfc. Bradley Manning, former WikiLeaks activist Birgitta Jonsdottir, who is a member of Iceland’s parliament, and two computer programmers on Dec. 14, 2010 reports ABAJ's Debra Cassens Weiss. In U.S. Twitter Subpoena Is Harassment, Lawyer Says, Erik Larson, Bloomberg News reports on an interview with Assange's lawyer:
The Justice Department subpoena, approved last month in federal court and later unsealed, also violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable government searches, Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens said [Jan. 10, 2011] in a telephone interview in London. WikiLeaks is an organization that publishes leaked documents on its website.
“The Department of Justice is turning into an agent of harassment rather than an agent of law,” Stephens, of the firm Finers Stephens Innocent LLP, said. “They’re shaking the tree to see if anything drops out, but more important they are shaking down people who are supporters of WikiLeaks.”
Text of Twitter court order (posted by Glenn Greenwald on Salon). [JH]