Is WikiLeaks protected?

WikiLeaks could have to reveal its sources as it may not be fully protected by Swedish law, reports MediaGuardian.

According to Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan, a caveat in the Scandinavian country’s legislation puts the whistleblowing site at more risk than previously thought because it has no licence to publish material in Sweden.

Therefore, placing its server there does not give WikiLeaks automatic protection.

Hakan Rustand, Sweden’s deputy to the acting chancellor of justice, said: “If constitutional laws are non-applicable, ordinary liability laws take effect.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 247 of Media Digest.




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