Aggregator site hit with subpoena, gag order


Political aggregator site was served with a subpoena by the U.S. Attorney in Indianapolis demanding the IP addresses of all the site’s readers, along with a order not to reveal the existence of the subpoena.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation contacted Assistant U.S. Attorney Doris L. Pryor and established that the subpoena’s demand for silence was not supported by a court order, and was not legally binding. Pryor said that she intended to get a court order compelling silence, but instead withdrew the subpoena the next day.

EFF and Indymedia site administrator Kristina Clair decided to go public with news of the subpoena for fear that it was not an isolated incident. Village Voice Media editors in Phoenix were jailed in 2007 for going public about a similar subpoena. The special prosecutor in that case was dismissed.