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US government seizes Gmail of WikiLeaks volunteer

bs0d3 (2439278) writes | more than 2 years ago

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bs0d3 writes "The Doj has siezed the gmail account of Jacob Appelbaum, who is currently a wikileaks volunteer. The government has successfully forced Google and Sonic (a small Internet Service Provider from northern California) to fork over personal data from Applebaum’s email account. Sonic says that they fought to keep the DoJ out of Appelbaum's records and that it was very expensive but was "the right thing to do". Meanwhile google simply replied, "we comply with the law". Although the information collected and the information the Doj are looking for remains classified, it seems likely that this has to do with the Bradley Manning investigation. Applebaum’s Gmail correspondence seized by the Department of Justice dates back to November 1, 2009, which is believed to be the month that WikiLeaks contributor and Army Private Bradley Manning allegedly began communication with Assange. Last year, federal prosecutors used a similar subpoena to obtain information pertaining to Applebaum’s Twitter account."
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