[NetBehaviour] German cops raid Wikileaks after Internet blacklist posted.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Mar 26 11:08:49 CET 2009
German cops raid Wikileaks after Internet blacklist posted.
By Julian Sanchez.
German police have raided the homes of a man associated with the
whistleblower site Wikileaks, as part of an investigation the site
claims stems from its recent publication of several countries' secret
Internet filtering blacklists.
German police on Tuesday raided the homes of Theodor Reppe, owner of the
German domain for the controversial whistleblower site Wikileaks.
According to Wikileaks itself, police told Reppe he was targeted because
of his links to the site, and official documents indicate the search was
meant to uncover evidence of "distribution of pornographic material."
Though Wikileaks itself doesn't host porn, site administrators believe
the impetus for the raids may be their recent publication of a secret
Australian blacklist of banned sites, which includes the URLs of
numerous sites that host child pornography.
Police in both Dresden and Jena appear to have coordinated in
simultaneous searches of Reppe's residence, and asked him to turn over
passwords associated with the Wikileaks.de domain, which they reportedly
hoped to disable. But Wikileaks says that Reppe, who also hosts a
popular server for the anonymous Tor routing network, is not actively
involved with its operations beyond holding the registration for the .de
domain and mirroring an archive of Congressional Research Service
reports released by the site earlier this year.
A more recent leak may have brought the site into police crosshairs:
last week the site posted what it claimed were lists of banned websites
maintained by the Australian Media and Communications Authority. As part
of a much-criticized content filtering scheme, currently in the testing
stage, the secret list is distributed to ISPs and the makers of
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