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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:15 PM

US Appeals Court Rules on WikiLeaks Investigation

Source: Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. January 26, 2013 (AP)

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that prosecutors can demand Twitter account information of certain users in their criminal probe into the disclosure of classified documents on WikiLeaks.

The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said the government's reasons as to why it is seeking the information can remain sealed.

The case involves three Twitter account holders with some connection to the secret-busting WikiLeaks website. They had argued that forcing Twitter to cooperate with the investigation by turning over data amounts to an invasion of privacy and has a chilling effect on the free speech rights of Twitter users.

The federal panel in Richmond rejected their appeal and affirmed a magistrate's court order that Twitter must turn over limited account information to prosecutors. The court said it weighed the right of public access against the need to keep an investigation secret. The appeals court agreed with the magistrate that the government's interest in keeping the documents secret outweigh the right to public access.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-appeals-court-rules-wikileaks-investigation-18318732

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:35 AM

2. Big Brother . . .

I'm sure Big Brother thinks this court decision is, "Double-plus good!"

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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:55 AM

3. Looks like a good time for someone to come up with a Twitter style site

that uses encryption that even the govt can't unravel. Technology speeds ahead regardless of Big Brothers the world over.

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