The US government has served subpoenas seeking personal details of some Twitter users who are believed to have close ties to WikiLeaks. The US District Court in Virginia is seeking names, addresses, connection records, phone numbers and payment information.
The court order was issued on December 14, 2010, and WikiLeaks was ordered not to reveal that it had been served or being investigated, but the court last week removed those restrictions. Among those named are Julian Assange, US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning and Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s Parliament who has allegedly worked with Assange. Assange has called the court order harassment.