Twitter Ordered by US Court to Turn Over User Information for Wikileaks Investigation

Twitter has been ordered by a US judge to hand over the data on Wikileaks followers as part of an on-going investigation into the whistle blowing website.

According to an article on PC World, the judge upheld a previous decision to order Twitter to give account details of people who were close supporters of the controversial website.

The judge who gave the original order said the court had reason to believe the information being asked for by the government had bearing on the on-going criminal investigation.

Upholding the previous judgement, Judge Liam O'Grady also refused to reveal whether other similar Internet companies had been asked to give information to the government that would help with the case.

The Twitter accounts the US government is after belong to Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic parliament, Jacob Appelbaum, and Rop Gonggrijp.

"We are gravely worried by the court's conclusion that records about you that are collected by Internet services like Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Google are fair game for warrant-less searches by the government," said EFF legal director Cindy Cohn, in a statement.