Court Rules To Let Government Keep WikiLeaks Probes Secret | Talking Points Memo

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, located in Richmond, Virgnia, on Friday denied an appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, representing Twitter user and Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, and two other Twitter users, to unseal court records showing exactly which Web companies the Justice Department sent orders to back in 2011 seeking the users’ information as part of its investigation into the WikiLeaks Cablegate scandal. Twitter had already been ordered to hand over the plaintiffs’ user information to the Justice Department back in late 2011, but there were several other orders sent out to other companies that a district court ruled could be kept sealed from the public, meaning users might never know which companies were involved or whether they delivered the information. The appeals court upheld this decision.

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