Court Order Seeks Email Data of WikiLeaks Volunteer Jacob Appelbaum

The US government has obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc and small Internet provider Sonic.net Inc to turn over information from the email accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Sonic said it fought the government’s order and lost, and was forced to turn over information. Challenging the order was rather expensive, but we felt it was the right thing to do, said Sonic’s chief executive, Dane Jasper. The government’s request included the email addresses of people Mr Appelbaum corresponded with the past two years, but not the full emails.

Both Google and Sonic pressed for the right to inform Mr Appelbaum of the secret court orders, according to people familiar with the investigation. Google declined to comment. Mr Appelbaum, 28 years old, hasn’t been charged with wrongdoing — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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