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US wants wikileaks twitter data
Washington, Jan 8 (DPA/Agencies):
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Published on 8 Jan. 2011 10:58 PM IST
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A court in the US has ordered information network Twitter to hand over documents connected to WikiLeaks to the US Justice Department, CNN reported Saturday. The documents relate to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and US Army private Bradley Manning, who is under arrest on suspicion of leaking information to the whistleblowing website, the report said.
The order, issued by a district court in the US state of Virginia, sought ‘subscriber names, user names, screen names, mailing addresses, residential addresses’, CNN said. WikiLeaks has published a slew of confidential US diplomatic documents since November. The US government has sharply criticised WikiLeaks for publishing the illegally obtained material and is considering criminal action against the website or Assange.
Among the initial revelations are allegations that Saudi King Abdullah urged the US to attack Iran to halt its nuclear programme.
The US State Department said it has relocated a ‘handful’ of individuals who could have been exposed to retribution or other dangers because of the WikiLeaks release of the secret cables.
US cautions people named in leaks
The US State Department is warning hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and businesspeople identified in leaked diplomatic cables of potential threats to their safety and has moved a handful of them to safer locations, administration officials said on Thursday.
The operation, which involves a team of 30 in Washington and embassies from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, reflects the administration’s fear that the disclosure of cables obtained by the organization WikiLeaks has damaged American interests by exposing foreigners who supply valuable information to the US.
Administration officials said they were not aware of anyone who has been attacked or imprisoned as a direct result of information in the 2,700 cables that have been made public to date by WikiLeaks, many with some names removed. But they caution that many dissidents are under constant harassment from their governments, so it is difficult to be certain of the cause of actions against them. The officials declined to discuss details about people contacted by the State Department, saying only that a few were relocated within their home countries and that a few others were moved abroad.
The State Department is mainly concerned about the cables that have yet to be published or posted on websites — nearly 99% of the archive of 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks. With cables continuing to trickle out, they said, protecting those identified will be a complex, delicate and long-term undertaking. The department said it had combed through a majority of the quarter-million cables and distributed many to embassies for review by diplomats there.
“We feel responsible for doing everything possible to protect these people,” said Michael Posner, the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.

 
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