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 May 13, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Kevin Poulsen reports:

A WikiLeaks supporter and friend of accused leaker Bradley Manning filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing U.S. border officials of violating his rights by seizing his laptop without a warrant as he re-entered the country from a vacation in Mexico last year.

David Maurice House is one of several Boston-area friends of Manning who were interviewed by federal agents following Manning’s May 2010 arrest. House is also a founding member of the Bradley Manning Support Network, where he sits on the steering committee and does fundraising. He was a frequent visitor of the imprisoned Army private until early March.

The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU of Boston, concerns a November 2010 incident in which House was met by U.S. customs agents as he deplaned at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The agents searched House’s bags, then took him to a detention room and questioned him “for an extended period,” according to the lawsuit.

Read more on Threat Level. The ACLU has also issued a press release on the complaint.

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