Feds Obtain Secret Order to Read WikiLeaks Supporter's Email

Monday Oct 10th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

A controversial law allows the U.S. government to access information on cellphones and email accounts secretly without a obtaining  a search warrant.

Wall Street Journal: According to leaked documents, the U.S. government sought and obtained a court order which allowed it to access the email accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum. The orders were issued to Google and ISP Sonic.net under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The act allows law enforcement to obtain information stored in email accounts and cellphones secretly without first obtaining a search warrant. Sonic.net said that it fought the order, but ultimately lost the case.

The attorney general has previously said that the government is actively pursuing a criminal investigation against WikiLeaks.

In addition to supporting WikiLeaks, Appelbaum is also a developer on the Tor project, an open source browser and set of other tools that allow people to remain anonymous while online.

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