US Government subpoenas Twitter logs of Icelandic MP, Wikileaks volunteers

The Department of Justice has issued subpoena to Twitter asking for the records of Twitter messages between known Wikileaks supporters since November 1, 2009, according to a message posted on Twitter by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament.

Jónsdóttir was a former supporter of Wikileaks and a member of the Movement in the country. She also is part of the NATO parliamentary assembly and a member of the Foreign Affaris Committee of the Althing, the Icelandic equivalent of Parliament.

“usa government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. do they realize i am a member of parliament in iceland?” she said in a tweet.

She also states on her Twitter account that Twitter has 10 days to bring the logs and also personal information. She will be contesting the subpoena, and is demanding a meeting with the US ambassador to Iceland, according to a report on the Guardian.

“It’s not just about my information. It’s a warning for anyone who had anything to do with WikiLeaks. It is completely unacceptable for the US justice department to flex its muscles like this. I am lucky, I’m a representative in parliament. But what of other people? It’s my duty to do whatever I can to stop this abuse,” she told the newspaper.

While tweets are public, users are also allowed to send private messages to each other, and the subpoena is requesting any communication.

Also being targeted in the subpoena is Jacob Appelbaum and Rop Gonggrijp, both Wikileaks supporters. It appears that, according to Salon, that the subpoena is focused on the release of Collateral Murder – where a US Army helicopter attacked and killed civilians and journalists in Iraq – as Jónsdóttir’s association with the site has diminished and Gonggrijp has no association with the site for months.

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