Feds To Get Access To WikiLeaks Twitter Accounts

Another blow to the personal freedoms we enjoyed before the Internet came to be

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Feds To Get Access To WikiLeaks Twitter Accounts
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A recent ruling grants the United States Justice Department access to the Twitter accounts of certain WikiLeaks associates, which indicates this much: If you are at odds with the United States government, especially over the aspect of leaking sensitive documents, there will be no protection concerning your Internet activities, at least on Twitter.

The ruling, as pointed out by Wired.com, comes from U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady and it upholds an earlier edict that allowed prosecutors access to the requested materials. The first ruling was met with much scorn from the WikiLeaks side of equation, as the group fought to protect their online privacy. While the content of the Twitter accounts in question will not be accessible, the Department of Justice will get access to the IP addresses used, and whether or not the accounts in question sent DMs to each other.

Apparently, the goal here is to demonstrate a history of complicit behavior via the Twitter platform; although, without the content of the messages, or information concerning who’s following the accounts in question, they won’t be able to establish much beyond whether or not the accounts in question interacted with one another, and where these accounts were used. While the information the Justice Department is allowed to access may seem minimal, the ruling also represents direct opposition to normal search and seizure laws.

Wired’s article expands on that thought:

The Justice Department has been seeking the Twitter records under 18 USC 2703(d), a 1994 amendment to the Stored Communications Act that allows law enforcement access to non-content internet records, such as transaction information, without demonstrating the “probable cause” needed for a full-blown search warrant. [Emphasis added]

After reading that, one wonders where the outcry is? Where is the #Occupy crowd’s indignation when it’s most needed?

Some of the Twitter reaction towards the ruling takes the same stance:

Today’s Wikileaks/Twitter decision is terrifying for those who care about what’s left of US privacy. No warrant, no charges. eff.org/r.G9a 19 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

US court verdict ‘huge blow’ to privacy, says former WikiLeaks aide http://t.co/nMARWnmQ via @guardian Twitterati, pay attention! 3 minutes ago via Tweet Button · powered by @socialditto

Unfortunately, however, there’s not enough of those kinds of responses. Instead, the normal throwaway trends are dominating Twitter, with only a small amount of lip service being paid to the Wikileaks ruling. At least the WikiLeaks Twitter didn’t miss the significance of the ruling:

The faster the US ‘justice’ system erodes its own legitimacy and independence the faster the ground will be set to replace it. 20 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Whatever the case, as long as people can tweet about nonsensical stuff like this:

so it is ok for ur bestfriend to be a girl but my bestfriend can’t be a man? #menwewantanswers 8 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Who cares if the innate freedoms this country was founded on are being steadily eroded away by a government that seems to be afraid of the Internet, and so, they either try and kill it with PROTECT-IP or they try to mold it to their own needs, ignoring years of previously established legal precedence about privacy and search and seizure.

Feds To Get Access To WikiLeaks Twitter Accounts
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  • Steven

    What’s funny is that the government assumes any member of wiki leaks would even bother connecting directly to twitter through their actual ip address and not simply use a network of offshore VPN’s where the US government cannot simply ask for such records at all. Remember, these people have classified information that has been leaked to them. Would you simply connect to a website that would have your actual ip address if you had classified information you were leaking to the public? I wouldn’t.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    This is equivalent to the police telephoning you and saying be careful what you say on the line as we are recording everything you say.
    Many years ago I knew people who KNEW that their phone calls were tapped, and did they give the police the run around.
    Many hours of wasted time following up red herrings & false leads. I can see this happening in this case as well.
    After a while you cant tell the fact from the fiction but have to follow all leads just in case. plenty of bad movies and tv shows to get inspiration from.

  • http://www.furpetsonly.com Renwick Jeffrey

    If there are people bound and determined to bring the U.S.A. to socialism then hurray for the justice department.

  • http://Facebook Michelle Maples

    Im uneducated to computer talk an abriviation nonsense.i do know that the fed privacy b s is a contridiction after im being tracked my entire life by nine digits.so take your privacy to heart and shove 462 67 2592 where the sun cant shine and violate my privacy any more.allready took my voice now my right to be informed.! Hacked off in texas!

  • http://www.r-evolution.tv/ Robbert

    more and more freedoms are taken away because of so called “war on drugs”, “war on terrorism” , “war on internet freedom” what’s next? and how is this all different from countries like China? it is ridiculous and people should wake up. Whether you are doing occupy (your city) or fighting for internet freedom it all has to do with FREEDOM! Check out my site and you will see what i mean.

  • some foreigner

    Problem and solution. We know the problems, who has the solutions?

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