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WikiLeaks Backers Lose Twitter Data Fight in Assange Probe

Three WikiLeaks backers lost a bid to block U.S. prosecutors from reviewing their Twitter account data in a criminal probe of leaks of classified information.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan in Alexandria, Virginia, today upheld her earlier order requiring Twitter to give investigators data on subscribers “associated with WikiLeaks,” including the group’s leader, Julian Assange, and on Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier charged with leaking classified information.