Google reportedly handed over WikiLeaks email and personal data to government
As a result of government policies, Google had to hand over emails and other data belonging to WikiLeaks to the US government and has been unable to inform it for almost three years.
It is believed that the information was sought as part of the investigation against WikiLeaks which was launched in 2010. The investigation was regarding the publishing of government secrets leaked by Chelsea Manning. Wikileaks said that it was astonished and disturbed by the news and it also said that it has seen similar cases with other sites like Twitter in the past where the social network has resisted warrants similar to this and it won the right to inform its users of such requests.
Wikileaks has also asked Google for an explanation why it didn’t inform about the handing over of data without its knowledge and has also asked whether any legal challenge was initiated by Google to the warrants and also for more details on the timeline and further warrants received by Google.
The letter sent by Wikileaks was signed by three staff members who are involved in the case and WikiLeaks’ lawyer Julian Assange and Michael Ratner from the legal advocacy group Center for Constituional Rights. The warrant was acquired as a result of conspiracy and espionage charges that could get up to 45 years in prison.