Secret US Court Order demands email data for WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum

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37 Responses to “Secret US Court Order demands email data for WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum”

  1. BOTH-SIDES says:

    Why does your government require this kind of secrecy and almost extra-judicial action for a minor hacker?

    Americans should ask themselves about why their govt, which represents them, is doing these things. Stop saying it is better than the alternative AND TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. Write a letter. Go on the record, stand up!

     As long as you keep sitting on your duffs whining on boingboing about these kind of flagrant violations of your freedoms, this will keep happening.

    Write some letters!

  2. blissfulight says:

    Good to know that Obama is an enemy of civil liberties and is eager to kiss the ass of people who won’t vote for him (gotta shore up those voter segments!) by looking like he’s doing something even though he’s doing nothing on an issue that caught the U.S. with their pants down.  Meanwhile, the real criminals and enemies of national security are giving lectures on the joke of their legacies, freely traveling without search or seizure, detainment or indictment, and can look forward to ending their days undermining both Obama and the Constitution and Bill of Rights upon which this nation was founded.  Good job, Obama, you make an awesome tool!  

  3. Haz 0 says:

    Good things are done in the light; Bad things are done in the shade.

  4. Xof says:

    I’ve always been pleased to be a sonic.net customer; now, I’m proud to be one.

  5. G H says:

    Why is anyone shocked by this and WHY would Mr. Appelbaum even leave that kinda trail in the first place if there even is one…( pure speculation at this point )

    He was searched and detained how many times ??…Hes a big player in TOR which is all about anonymity so I dont think hes that dumb to leave a trail of crumbs…

  6. Bad Juju says:

    Now who’s the Crazy Guy for not using Gmail? 
     
    I agree with the above, he knows better & anything they do find will likely be of little use.

    Really the most shocking thing is that anyone is shocked.

  7. rattypilgrim says:

    I’m so proud of my ISP,  Sonic.net. We’ve been with them since 1995. They’re real local people who are always there to help and they have a long standing policy to try to protect our privacy in the face of the un-American Patriot Act.
    Go, Sonic!

  8. atimoshenko says:

    So citizens get less privacy and government gets more secrecy? Wonderful. Sigh…

    You know, I might actually be willing to let the government look into every part of my life, provided I can look into every part of each of the lives of every government official, and all of the actions of the government.

  9. Just kill this undesriable with a drone strike signed off by the president, isn’t that how we do things today?

    Whatever happened to due process’n all, well, nevermind. Welcome to the United Military Junta of America.

    • Cowicide says:

      You joke about this now, but imagine if our next president in the USA is one of those crazies from the right?  Kill political opponents marked as “terrorists” or why even bother marking them as anything when you can do whatever you want anyway?

      This is what happens when Americans allow corporatists to completely run the show.  Our last hope is the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Our last hope is US.

  10. Fabi Fala says:

    Dear US-Americans,

    After reading this article and the article about drone killings (and a few others – you know what I’m talking about) I’ll ask you and your Government to stop telling and berating others that your country is the model for democracy and freedom. Your self-delusion and self-aggrandizing doesn’t turn to reality if you keep spouting these Myths. You just alienate the few Europeans who still have a few sympathies left for the US after the shit you’re Government has done after 9/11 (and before).

    Thanks

  11. teapot says:

    Enjoy life in maximum-security America. Remember to be nice to the wardens or they’ll make your life hell.

  12. ocker3 says:

    Anyone have a recommendatino for a non-US-based e-mail company which won’t have to hand over any of our personal data if the US Gov doesn’t like us or someone we happen to send e-mails to?

    • noah django says:

      seconding this, but which countries these days would not bow to US political pressure if our state dept. asked them to roll over on us?

      • ocker3 says:

        Is it getting so bad that we have to hide our data offshore just like people used to do with money or if they were outright criminals??

    • Cowicide says:

      Trust no company and use PGP for your email or other encryption methods.  Make the password a crazy long nonsense sentence mixed with numbers you’ll remember and add some capital letters here and there that you’ll remember.

    • leidentech says:

      Set up your own mail server and encrypt everything.  That’s the only way.

  13. Glad to hear Sonic.net went to bat for their customer.  If more service providers had these kinds of ethics the overhead cost to the government would serve as more of a check on them.

    I’m with the posters who are angry with Obama for failing to set a higher standard.

  14. Cowicide says:

    Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

    Let it be know to all that G H and Bad JuJu are not, repeat, they are not shocked at these developments.  And these aforementioned arbiters of calm expectations are perplexed at all our shock and they are even shocked at our shock.

    Let it also be known that Cowicide is shocked at their shock of our shock of this shocking news.

    That is all.

  15. Mordicai says:

    That is funny, I’m demanding email data for the secret US courts!

  16. Andrew Henderson says:

    It’s just a little bit scary how many themes from CD’s Little Brother I’m starting to see played out in real life. Sonic as Pigspleeen…  Macing at peaceful gatherings…  etc etc etc

  17. Lobster says:

    I’ll never understand you people who think that the government should just stand aside and let this happen. 

    Even if these leaks are good, even if they NEED to happen, they are direct attacks on the government.  Of COURSE the government is going to try to protect itself!

    It’s like if you were constantly beat up by a bully, then suddenly confronted him with the fact that he’s a bully.  Chances are you’re going to get beat up again, even if you’re right.

  18. Vnend says:

    Say what you like about AOL, but, back when I worked there, our data retention for personal email was 0.  Yeah, it sucked if the RAID died and lost your mail.  But both the business side and technologies side did what they could to protect the privacy of your email.  I hope this isn’t something that has changed in the last 13 years.

  19. scav says:

    @boingboing-13c5761fbc4d10bc361221c281f84190:disqus  I’ll never understand you people who think the population of a free country should just stand aside and let this happen.

    Of course, I’d be very surprised if they don’t, but the point is they fucking shouldn’t.

    • pablohoney says:

      Newsflash: We have the illusion of a free country here. 

    • Lobster says:

      I’ll never understand you people who conflate, “this is how it is” with “this is how it should be.”

      I never said I was happy about it.  I never said it wasn’t worth the cost.  Is it a crime to point out that there IS a cost?

  20. geekcalif says:

    This episode will all be forgotten in a three days.  Or at least until the next “shocking” example of the U.S. political/corporate forces of evil tromping upon the civil liberties of someone else equally as forgettable. 

  21. pebird says:

    Another reason I’m glad I switched to Sonic just a few weeks ago. Had to switch from AT&T DSL due to unresolvable interrmittant drop-offs for over 3 months. Since moving to Sonic haven’t had one drop since.

    Move done entirely without field tech (same wire), Sonic has colo equipment in AT&T COs. BTW, up and downstream data speeds doubled. Oh, and no data caps.

    Saved $25 a month on voice and data.

    Superior tech, better value AND a ethical telecom. Is it too good to be true or have my standards just declined over the last 10 years?

  22. Lobster says:

    It is a possible solution, but it’s literally gaming the system.  It’s undermining the value and importance of democracy.  In other words, it’s fighting a system that’s broken by breaking the system.

  23. Guest says:

    uh huh… XD

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