04/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

German Cops Raid Wikileaks After Internet Blacklist Posted

According to Wikileaks itself, police told Reppe he was targeted because of his links to the site, and official documents indicate the search was meant to uncover evidence of "distribution of pornographic material". Though Wikileaks itself doesn't host porn, site administrators believe the impetus for the raids may be their recent publication of a secret Australian blacklist of banned sites, which includes the URLs of numerous sites that host child pornography. Police in both Dresden and Jena appear to have coordinated in simultaneous searches of Reppe's residence, and asked him to turn over passwords associated with the domain, which they reportedly hoped to disable. A more recent leak may have brought the site into police crosshairs: last week the site posted what it claimed were lists of banned websites maintained by the Australian Media and Communications Authority. As part of a much-criticized content filtering scheme, currently in the testing stage, the secret list is distributed to ISPs and the makers of filtering software. 2

However, you knew that eventually governments would start to look for ways to "deal" with Wikileaks -- and up first appears to be the German government. 1
  1. German Authorities Raid Home Looking for Wikileaks Info (techdirt)
  2. German Cops Raid Wikileaks After Internet Blacklist Posted (Ars Technica)