While federal investigation continues on WikiLeaks, their tactics for obtaining information from people’s private communications encountered a stumbling block from Twitter. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto gave some background information, saying that the WikiLeaks investigators are trying to tie certain people to the WikiLeaks organization by going through their private communications, including their Twitter accounts.
According to Casaretto, investigators had subpoenaed information about Twitter accounts belonging to members of Iceland’s parliament, who they believed were instrumental in helping WikiLeaks establish the free speech government. However, they used an obscure process to do so, and Twitter was able to get the court to reveal that an order existed for this.
“A lot of people weren’t really aware that there was this secret process for a government to get these networks to turn over this information,” Casaretto explained. “So we now know that the government is able to squeeze Twitter and other groups for information about private accounts.” READ MORE