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U.S. DOJ has demanded information on all Twitter followers of WikiLeaks account
by via WL Central
Saturday Jan 8th, 2011 9:43 PM
WARNING all 637,000 @wikileaks followers are a target of US gov subpoena against Twitter, under section 2. B
The official Wikileaks Twitter account has just tweeted the following official statement:

WARNING all 637,000 @wikileaks followers are a target of US gov subpoena against Twitter, under section 2. B

Tweeters currently online are expressing vehement outrage. Talk of a class action law suit is already under way and a #ClassActionWL thread has been initiated. In most cases, anonymous Tweets are not considered official sources, but it seems an exception must be made in the present case, given that users are the very parties involved.

Users unfollowing the Wikileaks Twitter account at this time will not be exempt from the order, which applies to all users having received Wikileaks tweets in the past:

Too late to unfollow; trick used is to demand the lists, dates and IPs of all who received our twitter messages.

Many have expressed the desire to hear from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo on this matter. Updates on press releases and public statements will be posted here.

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by Transparent
Saturday Jan 29th, 2011 3:57 PM
I found this and although I agree with 95% of it and it has some good advice, I think it needs improvement. Do you have to give your name if your contacted by phone? Second, I would never talk without a lawyer, ever.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! If FBI or ANY other law enforcement agent or officer contacts you in person or on the telephone:

• You do not have to answer any questions, other than giving your name and sometimes your address.

• You may have an attorney accompany or represent you in any interview or questioning.

• Because it is easy to make mistakes in casual conversation, and because there are serious consequences to giving incorrect information to a law enforcement officer, you should consult with an attorney before speaking to any officer or agent.

• If you start talking to agents or officers by mistake, you can stop at any time. Tell the agents you do not want to answer any more questions without a lawyer present. Offer to call them back or have your lawyer call them. If you decide to go forward without a lawyer, you can choose when and where the interview is to take place, have a family member, friend, or community leader present, limit the interview to certain subjects, and refuse to sign any documents. You may cancel the interview at any time.

If an FBI/DOJ agent shows up at your home and they do not have a search or arrest warrant, you have no obligation to let them in.

• Do not allow them inside.

• Ask if you are free to go, and offer to take their card so that you can get in touch with them later, maybe through an attorney.

• If an officer presents an arrest or search warrant, make sure the warrant is signed by a judge, and if it’s a search warrant, make sure it’s for the correct address. If it appears to be a valid warrant, comply silently with officers’ instructions, but do not consent to any search beyond what is provided in the warrant.

• If the FBI comes to your workplace, the owner of the property can deny them access to private areas of the property if there is no warrant. If your employer has a policy of excluding outsiders from non-public areas of the property, you can inform law enforcement officers of that policy and ask them to show a warrant or leave.

If you are arrested, you can (and should!) still exercise your right to remain silent.

• Comply with all directives and do not physically resist an officer. Be polite and respectful at all times. Tell the officers you do not want to answer any questions until you have a chance to speak to an attorney.

• Be aware that anything you say to an agent or officer can be used against you in a court of law, and lying to an agent or officer is a criminal offense.

Try to get the names, agencies, badge numbers, and business cards of ALL agents or officers who contact you.
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