US judge orders Twitter to give up WikiLeaks data

March 12, 2011

(AFP)A US judge Friday ordered Twitter to hand over the data of three users in contact with the activist site WikiLeaks, rejecting arguments the move would violate their rights to privacy and free speech.

President Barack Obama’s administration won a court order last year seeking messages and other information from the Twitter accounts as it considers action against WikiLeaks, which has released a flood of diplomatic documents.

Judge Theresa Buchanan, based in the Washington suburb of Alexandra, rejected a plea from the three Twitter users who said the order would harm constitutional rights to free speech and privacy.

“Petitioners, who have already made their Twitter posts and associations publicly available, fail to explain how the Twitter order has a chilling effect” on free speech, she wrote.

The accounts belong to Icelandic lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir, US computer researcher Jacob Appelbaum and Rop Gonggrijp, a Dutch volunteer for WikiLeaks.


No comments yet - you can be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Keep the Fake News Media in check.

Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!

We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.
View our full privacy policy.