SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – According to reports by WikiLeaks and other media including the Independent, in a “serious violation of the privacy and journalistic rights of WikiLeaks’ staff”, Google handed over the information under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge in 2012, WikiLeaks revealed.
Google wrote to Wikileaks on Christmas Eve 2014, telling the group that it had complied with an order from the US Justice Department to hand over digital data including all email and IP addresses of three WikiLeaks staff members.
In a letter published this morning, WikiLeaks said that it was “astonished and disturbed” by the news. It asked for Google to provide information on why it didn’t tell WikiLeaks that the search warrant was issued. It also asked whether Google initiated any legal challenge to the warrants and for detail on the timeline and any further warrants issued to Google.