Previously unknown search warrants and electronic comm orders tied to WikiLeaks criminal investigation.
- posted April 21, 2017
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 clerk’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of New York.
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 decrypt the Garani airstrike video, as I have extensively reported previously.
Several U.S. entities have been involved in prior investigations (criminal and intelligence) of WikiLeaks, including: the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Services, FBI, and the Department of Justice, as well as specifically 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.
Correspondence by military prosecutors details how the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York were 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. For example:
“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.