Documents demanding detailed information from Twitter accounts belonging to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and PFC Bradley Manning were sent from Federal Attorney General’s office to Twitter Inc. Attorney General Eric Holder is vowing to prosecute Julian Assange no matter how far he has to reach into the law to do so.
The individuals, Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic parliamentarian and one-time WikiLeaks collaborator, Dutch hacker Rop Gonggrijp, and U.S. programmer Jacob Appelbaum, also had their Twitter accounts subpoenaed.
Holder is attempting to separate Mr. Assange as a journalist from other journalists at the New York Times who also published the information leaked by PFC Manning. Holder intends to make the separation by proving that a conspiracy existed between Assange and Manning which was perpetrated with the help of the other above named individuals.
Assange is calling the actions harassment and is vowing to fight them all the way.
The attack against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is becoming unprecedented, which makes me wonder exactly what the precedent is that the government is trying to set and how it will affect America’s 1st Amendment communications over the internet. There is definitely a push on for censorship. Whenever we find our communication is being censored we should be asking the question, just what is it that they really don’t want us to know?
God bless the 1st Amendment.