US government to defend tactics in WikiLeaks probe
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Government lawyers will be in court Tuesday to defend some of their tactics in a criminal investigation of leaks of secret documents by the WikiLeaks website.
Lawyers for three people associated with WikiLeaks — including a member of Iceland’s parliament — are fighting a judge’s order demanding information about their Twitter accounts.
The ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are among those representing the three — Birgitta Jonsdottir, Rop Gonggrijp and Jacob Appelbaum. They also want a judge to unseal any orders that may have been sent to websites other than Twitter.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst suspected of supplying documents to WikiLeaks, are not part of the hearing, but the government has also sought details about their Twitter accounts.