Wikileaks Allowed to Reopen

On Friday, citing First Amendment concerns and questions about legal jurisdiction, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White dropped the injunction that took Wikileaks.org, a website which anonymously publishes leaks of sensitive corporate and government documents. In mid-February, White had previously issued an injunction against Wikileaks after the Zurich-based Bank Julius Baer accused the site of posting sensitive account information stolen by a disgruntled former employee, a move which set off free-speech protests around the globe.

At the latest court hearing in San Francisco, however, White said he had "serious questions" about whether the legal measures sought by the bank "would be constitutionally approriate" and whether they constituted prior restraint by the government. He also cited "possible violations of the First Amendment" and questioned the effectiveness of shutting one website down when dozens more had already obtained the documents in question. According to Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of several organizations that filed briefs on the case: "The reality of the Internet makes it difficult for him to issue an order that will have any impact, given the fact that all the material is already out there."

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You just can't get away with anything nowadays. What with cheap electronics like video cameras and audio recorders, plus the Internet. Freedom has a new lease on life. Long Live the Information Age.

(Foub said @ #2)
You just can't get away with anything nowadays. What with cheap electronics like video cameras and audio recorders, plus the Internet. Freedom has a new lease on life. Long Live the Information Age.

This unfortunately can work both ways. Industrial sabotage, spying, upskirt videos. Not that I have anything again upskirt videos.

Companies do need some kind of protection, you don't want malicious employees leaking info, or selling info to competitors.

(toadeater said @ #2.1)
This unfortunately can work both ways. Industrial sabotage, spying, upskirt videos. Not that I have anything again upskirt videos.

Companies do need some kind of protection, you don't want malicious employees leaking info, or selling info to competitors.

That's the price of freedom. Plus, there is a big difference between selling legitimate company secrets and exposing a company's illegal, or unethical, practices and activities.

(dandin1 said @ #1.2)
I beleive they got their popularity when they released the manual for Guantanamo Bay.

i think the original poster was talking about the bank, not wikileaks... but maybe coming out about wikileaks is actually a publicity stunt by the bank for some free advertising?

(carmatic said @ #1.3)

i think the original poster was talking about the bank, not wikileaks... but maybe coming out about wikileaks is actually a publicity stunt by the bank for some free advertising?

He meant wikileaks