Government Orders Google to Turn Over WikiLeaks Info

Google and a smaller Internet provider are being forced by the federal government to turn over information from email accounts associated with a WikiLeaks volunteer.

A secret court order will require the Mountain View-based search company and Santa Rosa-based to provide data from the email accounts of Jacob Appelbaum, who was a volunteer for the controversial site WikiLeaks.

The government is reportedly after information about who Appelbaum associated with. Applebaum is one of the few people who is being investigated by the U.S. government for leaking classified documents.

Google declined comment when asked but said it tried to fight the order but could not afford to keep up the legal battle.

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