Wikileaks Researcher Detained
On Thursday, a security researcher Wikileaks was arrested by federal agents at the U.S. border for three hours and questioned about the project complainant to enter the country to attend a conference of hackers.
He also approached by two FBI agents at the Defcon conference after his presentation on Saturday afternoon on the Tor Project.
Jacob Appelbaum, a programmer in Seattle, for the proposed privacy protection online called Tor, arrived at Newark Airport, New Jersey, from the Netherlands flight Thursday morning, when it was separated by Customs and Border Protection agents said he was randomly selected for a security search, according to sources familiar with the matter who asked to remain anonymous.
Appelbaum, a U.S. citizen, was taken into a room, his bag was searched and searched. The proceeds of the bag were photocopied and your laptop was inspected, but it is unclear how, sources said. Immigration Service officers and Customs and the U.S. Army then he said he was not under arrest, but was detained for being, the sources said. Asked about Wikileaks, asked his opinion about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and asked where founder Julian Assange Wikileaks is, but he declined to comment without the presence of counsel, the sources said. He was not allowed to make a phone call, they said.
After about three hours, Appelbaum was given the laptop back, but police kept her three mobile phones, sources said.
Asked for comment, Appelbaum refused to talk to CNET. However, he did make reference to your phone seized Defcon attendees. Following a question and answer session after his speech about the Tor Project Appelbaum was asked by an assistant for his phone number. He replied, “that the phone was captured.”
Shortly after, two casually dressed men identified themselves as FBI agents and asked to speak with him.
“We would talk for a few minutes,” one man said, adding that “we think you may not want.” Appelbaum asked if they were aware of “what happened to me?” And one of them answered “Yes, that’s why we’re here.”
“I have nothing to say,” Appelbaum said. One officer said they were interested in whether “human rights” being “trampled” and said that “sometimes good to have a conversation to delve into things.”
Marcia Hofmann, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was in the room and asked if the officers were at the event in an official capacity or personal reasons. “A bit of both,” said one.
Appelbaum asked when his team became one of them said: “We are not involved in that, we have no idea,” and walked away when Appelbaum refused to talk anymore.
The officials refused to identify themselves to CNET. They said they were attending the conference and refused to talk anymore.
Appelbaum is a researcher of hackers and security co-founded the Noisebridge hacker space in the district of San Francisco in the Mission. He has also worked to bypass the security of the counters “smart” car, find flaws in web security certificates, and discover a new way to bypass the hard disk encryption.
In the Next HOPE hacker conference in New York in mid-July, Julian Assange filling Appelbaum, a controversial figure who has become the public face of Wikileaks. Assange missed his appearance at the next hope in the expectation that Homeland Security agents were looking for him. After his own presentation, Appelbaum beat a hasty exit and boarded a flight to Europe.
While on stage at the next HOPE, Appelbaum urged the audience largely sympathetic to Wikileaks support volunteer or donate money to deal with recent criticisms of the document Web site publishing, and continues to boast that Wikileaks be unobjectionable. “You can try to take us down … but no one can stop us,” he said. He also questioned modern U.S. foreign policy and called for civil disobedience across the heavily guarded secrets exposure.
Appelbaum said the next hearing HOPE that although it is significantly involved in Wikileaks, which has no access to U.S. classified data that may have been sent to the site.