In the ongoing investigation into the classified documents on Wikileaks, it seems that a federal magistrate in the US has ruled that personal account information held by Twitter will have to be handed over to the investigating prosecutors if they feel that there is a connection with Wikileaks.
According to U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan, “The freedom of association does not shield members from cooperating with legitimate government investigations,” the statement was followed up by “The Twitter Order does not seek to control or direct the content of petitioners’ speech or association,”
It has not been stated why they want the information or what they intend to do with it once the data is in their possession. It seems that currently there is some resistance against the ruling with the lawyers representing Twitter users such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have stated that they intend to appeal the decision.
Twitter has issued a statement with regards to its policy saying that it “is designed to allow users to defend their own rights. As such, Twitter will continue to let the judicial process run its course.”
Of course, all of these issues stem from the publication of classified US documents that have been appearing on the Wikileaks site.