Previously unknown search warrants and electronic comm orders tied to WikiLeaks criminal investigation.

I have had this list for many years, and have shared it with various journalists from time to time. I am now publishing it.

This is a list of all search warrants and electronic communications orders related to the WikiLeaks investigation that I have found. I spent a lot of time in the clerks office in the Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of New York (long before it was hip-- kidding-- it was never hip).

Some of these are known (with parts published -- i.e. applications and/or the orders have been unsealed). But there are others, for example, 11-MAG-841 (Jason Katz) that are not known. That one pertains to one of the individuals, cited in the Manning court record, as involved in attempting to de-crypt the Garani airstrike video, as I have extensively reported previously.

As I have reported previously, the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Services, FBI, and Department of Justice, including the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Counterespionage Section, and the National Security Division, and other law enforcement and intelligence entities are involved in the U.S. investigation of WikiLeaks.

Correspondence by military prosecutors detail how the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York were also involved in the criminal investigation of Wikileaks, along with the Eastern District of Virginia and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.

The August 2011 document, coincides with the FBI investigation in the Southern District of New York of members of AntiSec, and the subsequent indictment and conviction of Jeremy Hammond for hacking various websites in the summer of 2011 and the website of Strategic Forecasting, a private security firm located in Austin Texas, in December 2011, as I have reported previously.

My notes column (you have to scroll all the way to the right in the spreadsheet) explains the basics information for each listing:

"The search warrant was included in discovery handed over to Manning's Defense. I have checked VAED and it is not there. If MAG means MJ, that refers to "proceedings before a magistrate judge which have not yet become a criminal case." On 8/12/14 I went to the magistrate clerk in SDNY in Room 520 at 500 Pearl Street. I gave the clerk the information "11-MAG-841". The clerk informed me that this case is sealed. It is a search or seizure warrant and it is related to a criminal case."

Another, 10GJ3793-RNK, I was informed by a person with credibility (NB -- it' one person so not confirming anything) pertains to the telecom in Massachusetts.

I had worked with students at U.C. Hastings on a lawsuit that was going to attempt to unseal some of these, and they wrote a fantastic brief; then life and more important work got in the way. Enjoy!

Alexa O'Brien Alexa O'Brien researches and writes about national security and law enforcement. Her work has been published in The New York Times, VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian (UK), The Daily Beast, NY Daily News, and featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the United Kingdom and listed in The Verge 50. In 2016, she worked at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. as a staff researcher and writer on an independent commission studying Oklahoma's death penalty. She also provided research support to scholars of the first cost study conducted on that state's capital punishment system.
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