The US government has subpoenaed Twitter in a bid to support an ongoing criminal investigation into whether Wikileaks and people involved or connected to Wikileaks, including an Icelandic member of parliament, broke the law.

According to Wikileaks lawyer Mark Stephens live on the BBC News a short time ago, it is believed Facebook and Google (see here) have also been contacted regarding Wikileaks members and potential whistleblowers.

Update (12:20am GMT): Mark Stephens on the BBC News also makes clear that the court order will also cover the “600,000 odd followers that Wikileaks has on Twitter“.

The order asks specifically for names of those attached to selected accounts, user and screen names, and any registered mailing or postal addresses. It also asks for email addresses, credit card details where possible, and even content relating to connected mobile phones.

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  1. roeboedog says:

    I imagine this new Internet ID card will make this easier in the long run.

    Interesting that they seem to be going after anybody that even followed him on twitter or at the very most gave money.

    Papier bitte, Papier bitte

  2. Improbus says:

    The only difference between us and the Chinese is ethnicity and population size. We are both ruled by thugs.

  3. Zybch says:

    Lets all go fishing eh?

  4. Monster92 says:

    “Congress has just as much creditability as North Korea at this point” – Julian Assange

  5. bobbo, who watches the watchers says:

    Tracking the wikileak tweets? Seems like a very loose long thread to follow to me. How about everyone that visited the website, or even those who tried and didn’t make it for whatever reasons I forget.

    I wonder just how “effective” I might actually want law enforcement to be given they are all too often used for political ends.

    Remember Kent State, ha, ha. Nothing changes in a Brave New World.

  6. Publius says:

    The Obama DoJ is looking to find a single reason to investigate Wikileaks, because it has none right now. If it finds that one of the twitter accounts of the 600,000+ out there that follow Wikileaks can give it any reason to ask a judge to give a warrant then they will run with it.

    This is not justice. This is fishing.

  7. ubiquitous talking head says:

    There’s too much data (from twitter) to actually be useful, they’re just trying to stifle discussion and chill free speech. And it does scare me some, since I will be on that list.

  8. Publius says:

    See Something
    Say Something
    To Wikileaks
    Blow The Whistle

    This is going on my car’s rear window with a graphic of the Wikileaks logo.

  9. Napolitano Knows Who This Is says:

    You can be pretty sure “they” already know there’s something to be found (no fishing necessary), and are now pursuing the legal paths to the evidence they need to put on a convincing “trial” to squash the very inconvenient Wikileaks. If you think there are no agencies with hooks into the innards of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo et al then naiveté wins again.

  10. DrDoLittle says:

    Keywords for this thread:
    Fishing, thugs, Wikileaks, Assange, credibility

  11. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    Isn’t everything on Twitter going to be donated to the National Archive? Doesn’t that make everything on Twitter public record?

  12. foobar says:

    Good for Twitter for at least letting it’s users know about the subpoenas – it won a court challenge. The first on-line service to not quietly fold like a card deck.

  13. jescott418 says:

    How intersting, you expose the ineptness of our Government and they try and hunt you down.
    I guess its why our mainstream media are such wimps. Their afraid of uncovering something or else their controlled by the government.

  14. nobody says:

    #11 – yes, this isn’t about the contents of the tweets, it’s about the names, addresses, credit card numbers etc of those traitors who dared to read it.

    There is probably a copy of the constitution in the national archive – but you would want to keep a careful eye on anyone who wanted to read it.

  15. Animby says:

    Obama administration moves forward with unique internet ID for all Americans, Commerce Department to head system up ( http://engt.co/hZ77wE )

    As #1 Dog intimated. But, don’t worry. It’ll all be voluntary. For a while. Then they’ll find they need several thousand new IRS agents to enforce it.

    Doesn’t the gov’t realize when they do things like this, they simply encourage everyone to learn how to encrypt? How to use a VPN? Can you say, “TOR”???

  16. Lou says:

    The US goes down the drain day by day.
    Can’t wait for the other 220,000 cables.

  17. milamberota says:

    *changes all details on twitter*


    But then, i’m international, so, the DOJ would have to go to my DOJ and get a subpoena over here.
    Damn them! can’t they just take it on the chin and clean up their act? oh yeah, that’s right, corrupt people don’t like being caught out..

  18. msbpodcast says:

    All of tweets are ending up there, but none of the user info.

    Its one thing to know that “star69” said “Call me back” and quite another to know who is “star69”.

    The problem comes from an instinctive reaction of people in gummint: “Its a secret, YOU’re not supposed to know.”

    Its the same knee-jerk that causes companies and gummint departments to declare everything “private” and “confidential.”

    It was really funny when I spied it on a press release for the “Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Canada“.

    I pointed out the absurdity of declaring a PRESS RELEASE as PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL to the person writing it and was met by a blank, bovine stare.

    I told the person that if it was a PRESS RELEASE, by definition, it wasn’t private and confidential.

    It was NEVER printed by any of the news organizations to which it had been addressed.

    After a few more tries with other documents, the personel office realized that this was one dodo that needed to be reassigned, preferably to some remote outpost, out on the remaining ice floes.

  19. Mr, Ed says:

    All your tweets are belong to us

  20. deowll says:

    #18 Oh that is funny.

    Lest any American boast that we aren’t that stupid just think about what we put people through to be passengers on planes and then let the service people in without checking them or that we search pilots after giving them guns. The TSA is a multibillion dollar farce.

    Please also think about all the places we don’t check like trains and ball games and what it’s going to coast when the lack witted nincompoops in Washington decide to body and cavity search everyone attending such events.

  21. Dribble says:

    Am I the only person who simply does not care about Wikileaks? Not one tiny bit. I guess I just am dumb. Happily so.

  22. Dribble says:

    I don’t tweet of Facebook. So I guess I am just not with it.
    Like John C, I am an amateur radio operator. For thirty two years now.
    And a physics and history buff.
    I just don’t have time for tweeties.

    “Just finished drinking my coffee. Now I am going to go pee.”

    Doesn’t work for me.

  23. kibbles n bits says:

    Awesome if a flood of people were to start following wikileaks…

  24. No Fly Zone says:

    Aren’t you worried that every time you hit ‘enter’ on anything on the web…
    Including this site, it’s in the public domain?

    Even though you use some kind of clever ‘handle’ if JCD was asked I bet he would comply with the subpoena…
    I would.

  25. nobody says:

    #24 – yes and he could tell that somebody called nobody using the free wifi in a starbucks in London entered the email address of nobody@nospam.com


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