[NetBehaviour] German cops raid Wikileaks after Internet blacklist posted.

marc garrett 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 
filtering software.


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