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Banks Blink in Wikileaks Dispute March 8, 2008

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, News.
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Now here’s a clear signal to plaintiffs contemplating court gambits and meritless lawsuits to censor Web sites. Bank Julius Baer has blinked in the Wikileaks staredown, but don’t expect to see the end of it. After losing their fight over an injunction, the Swiss bank backed down, filing a brief notice to dismiss the case – without prejudice.

The bank had said Wikileaks displayed stolen documents revealing confidential information about the accounts of the bank’s clients. It triggered a constitutional furore after filing a complaint that led a US District Court to order Wikileaks to shut down.

Last week, in the face of widespread media attention and rights-groups action, Judge White dissolved his previous orders, allowing the wikileaks.org domain name to go back up. The judge said he was worried about its First Amendment implications and that he thought it might not be possible to prevent viewing of the documents once they were posted on the Web.

Related read:
Wikileaks: Web Censorship Won’t Work

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