Adam Klasfeld reports:
More than four years after WikiLeaks started publishing files leaked to it by Army private Chelsea Manning, a federal probe of the whistle-blowing website remains active, a court ruling revealed.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a Washington-based advocacy group, confirmed the continuing investigation while seeking information on whether federal investigators also had their sights on WikiLeaks supporters.
WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan “war logs,” U.S. embassy cables, profiles of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other files triggered what has been called the largest criminal investigation of a publisher and its source.
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On March 5, EPIC.org reported:
A federal judge has granted in part EPIC’s motion for summary judgment in a FOIA case about the government’s surveillance of Wikileaks supporters. Three divisions of the Justice Department – the FBI, the National Security Division, and the Criminal Division – failed to provide any documents in response to EPIC’s FOIA request. The FBI stated that there was no surveillance of supporters and that an investigation was ongoing. Judge Rothstein sided with the FBI and the Criminal Division, but held that the National Security Division had failed to justify its withholdings.