The internet is abuzz with commentary about a recent case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California concerning the web site wikileaks.org, a "website dedicated to leaking documents that are "anonymous, untraceable, uncensorable." Time Magazine allegedly described the site by stating that it "could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act." The case certainly raises important issues concerning First Amendment Rights, censorship and freedom of speech.
The case involves the alleged posting of private internal documents of Bank Julius Baer & Co and its bank customers by a whistle blower reporting that a bank's data had been compromised. Certain alleged private documents were allegedly posted on the wikileaks.org web site. Plaintiff Bank Julius Baer alleged that the posted documents were "internal nonpublic company documents and/or which contains private client or customer bank records and/or identifies client or customer names, data, account records and/or bank account numbers" and sought to have the documents removed from the site.
Two injunction orders were issued, one against the Registrar Dynadot (which stipulated to the Order) requiring it to "immediately clear and remove all DNS hosting records for the wikileaks.org domain name and prevent the domain name from resolving to the wikileaks.org website or any other website or server other than a blank park page, until further order of this Court."
The second order was against wikileaks and its owners/operators essentially ordering it to remove all allegedly private bank documents posted on its site.
For more analysis and links to court documents, click "Wikileaks.org Subjected to Injunction Requiring Documents To Be Removed From Web Site." It is unclear whether those documents have been removed as there are several pages devoted to Plaintiff bank on the site which remain live.
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