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Thu Oct 7 2004
FBI Seizes Indymedia Servers in London
U.S. Government Seizes Webserver "Ahimsa"; Italian and Swiss Authorities Also Involved
A secret investigation has taken the FBI all the way to London to seize hard drives from an Indymedia server, named ahimsa, which hosted around twenty local IMC sites including Italy and a number of other European IMCs, as well as Ambazonia, Brazil, Uruguay and Western Massachusetts. Rackspace.com, the US and UK-based ISP hosting the server, has not commented other than to report that it received a "federal order" requesting information from the server, and complied by handing over the hardware; the company was apparently ordered to refrain from further discussing the seizure.

Recent news reports from Europe suggest that an Italian "terrorism" investigation may have led to the FBI's seizure of the servers (Google translation). The FBI had recently requested, as a "courtesy," that photographs and "identifying information" of some Swiss police officers be removed from a post on the Nantes Indymedia site; it remains unclear why the FBI would have jurisdiction over a French website with photographs of Swiss police officers hosted in the UK. The Nantes site has been relocated, UK Indymedia has been redirected to a backup, and other affected IMC sites are redirecting to www.indymedia.org. EFF News Releases: 10/10 | 10/08 | IMC Legal Updates | Enduring Indymedia videogame
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