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Court Declines to Vacate “Twitter Order”

A US District Court has denied a motion (Loislaw $) by WikiLeaks supporters Jacob Appelbaum (ioerror), Birgitta Jonsdottir (birgittaj), and Rop Gonggrijp (rop_g) (collectively, petitioners) to vacate a sealed order (Twitter Order) issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) (Loislaw $).

The Twitter Order required Twitter, Inc. to turn over to the United States subscriber information concerning WikiLeaks, rop_g, ioerror, birgittaj, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Rop Gonggrijp, and Birgitta Jonsdottir. The order was sought as a part of a federal investigation into the release of classified information by WikiLeaks.

In arguing that the Twitter Order should be vacated, the petitioners mad [...]

Bank of America Emails Released by Anonymous

Fox News, PC World, and Forbes all report that Anonymous, the hacker group, has released emails from Balboa Insurance. Bank of America acquired Balboa as part of its Countrywide acquisition. Anonymous claims the emails prove that Balboa purposefully altered documents so that the information did not match the bank’s loan information. Altering this information would have allowed the bank to increase foreclosures.

It is unclear if this is the information that Wikileaks claimed would be damaging to an American bank.

Harvard Law Will Review WikiLeak Censorship

The Ground Report has an article previewing Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler’s forthcoming article examining the U.S. government and traditional media’s role in censoring WikiLeaks. The working draft is available here.

Democrats Call for Investigation into Firm/Tech Companies

The Washington Post reports that Democrats in the US Congress are calling for an investigation into the Hunton & Williams law firm and HBGary Federal, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies for their role in a possible “disinformation campaign” against WikiLeaks, for Bank of America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Law Firm and Security Firms Responsible for WikiLeaks Response Plan

According to USA Today, Bank of America (BofA) denies that it ever saw the presentation prepared by three data intelligence firms. If BofA’s statement is correct, then that means that the three security firms and possibly the law firm Hunton & Williams were responsible for the preparation of the presentation.

The NYT reports that BofA and the US Chamber of Commerce (who also was revealed as a possible recipient of the security firms work) did not work directly with HBGary Federal, one of the security firms. Instead, HBGary Federal was offering to work with BofA and the Chamber’s law firm Hunton & Williams.

According to dBusinessNews, Hunton & Williams, for the fourth consecutive time, was [...]

WikiLeaks Banking Documents Dull?

Reuters is reporting that sources close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange state that Assange has said privately that he is unsure if the banking documents contain any damaging information.

The Tech Herald and Security Magazine report on a presentation given to Bank of America by Palantir Technologies, Berico Technologies and HBGary regarding options to counter WikiLeaks possible disclosure of its data. The Business Insider posted the complete presentation that the data firms gave to Bank of America.

WikiLeaks Cables State Saudi Oil Reserves Possibly Overstated

The Guardian reports that the latest release by WikiLeaks of diplomatic cables show U.S. officials think that Saudi Arabia is overpromising on its capacity to supply oil. The actual cable are reporduced on the Guardian website here, here, here, and here. According to the cables, Sadad al-Husseini, a geologist and former head of exploration at the Saudi oil monopoly Aramco stated:

“Saudi Arabia might reach an output of 12m barrels a day in 10 years but before then – possibly as early as 2012 – global oil production would have hit its highest point. This crunch point is known as “peak oil”.”

WikiLeaks in the News, February 8

The NYT reports on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s second day of court hearings in the UK, in which he is fighting extradition to Sweden.

The Guardian reports that the US Air Force has retracted its guidance issued last week banning the families of staff from reading classified material released by WikiLeaks. The Air Force stated that it had not sanctioned the guidance.

Forbes reports that WikiLeaks Julian Assange host a “Live People’s Conference” during which he answered questions from group members. The full video can be seen here: WikiLeaks Roundtable: 1st Live People\'s Conference.

WikiLeaks Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Voice of America and CNN report that WikiLeaks has been nominated, by a Norwegian lawmaker, for the Nobel Peace Prize. Any lawmaker, academic or award recipient can nominate anyone for the prize.

WikiLeaks in the News, February 1

The Center for Public Integrity reports has an interesting take on WikiLeaks from the Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins. Ms. Watkins states that she doesn’t trust the Securities and Exchange Commission to handle tips from company insiders, instead she would probably instead take information to an organization like WikiLeaks.

The Independent reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton summoned 260 US ambassadors and envoys for a week of brainstorming and re-evaluation in Washington not least thanks to the work of WikiLeaks.

The Telegraph and the BBC report that a UK government minister gave the Libyans advice on how to secure the Lockerbie bombers freedom, according to cables released b [...]