Yeah, maybe that
wasn't such a good idea after all.
From The New York Times
A federal judge on Friday withdrew his earlier order disabling a Web site that allows the anonymous posting of documents to discourage unethical behavior in governments and corporations....
In reversing himself at a hearing here on Friday, Judge White acknowledged that the bankâs 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.
âWe live in an age,â Judge White said, âwhen people can do some good things and people can do some terrible things without accountability necessarily in a court of law.â
And voila, WikiLeaks.org lives again
. (Not that WikiLeaks, with a number of mirror sites, was ever really dead
.) Apparently WikiLeaks never did get counsel, but the ACLU, EFF, and a variety of journalistic organizations stepped into the breach
piece gives the distinct impression that the judge had no idea what he was getting into when he granted Julius Baer's request to block access to WikiLeaks.org.