WikiLeaks is back online after Federal Judge reverses his earlier order.
In reversing himself at a hearing in San Francisco on Friday, Judge White acknowledged that the bank’s request posed serious First Amendment questions and might constitute unjustified prior restraint. He also appeared visibly frustrated that technology might have outrun the law and that, as a result, the court might not be able to rein in information once it had been disclosed online.
“We live in an age,” Judge White said, “when people can do some good things and people can do some terrible things without accountability necessarily in a court of law.”
Critics of Judge White’s previous order had said one problem was its breadth: It obstructed access to documents beyond those that the bank said contained confidential information. But he noted that as a practical matter, no ruling might achieve what the bank wanted.
Garret D. Murai, a lawyer for Dynadot, the registrar that provided the Wikileaks domain name, said after the hearing that the Wikileaks.org domain name would probably be re-enabled within an hour of the judge’s issuing a written order outlining his decision. The site is working again.
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Geemodo: U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White might have erred in WikiLeaks site case.