WIRED NEWS PUBLISHES FULL-TEXT OF AT&T NSA WIRETAP DOCUMENTS

WALTHAM, Mass. . May 22, 2006 - Lycos, Inc. (www.lycos.com), a leading media destination for creators and consumers of quality content today announced the following information from Wired News (http://www.wired.com), the award-winning leader in online news content, covering news that .counts. in technology, business, politics and culture, and the online home of WIRED Magazine. This morning, Wired News released the full text of the AT&T documents provided to it by a witness in a court case involving AT&T.s alleged participation in National Security Agency.s domestic wiretap operations. In an article posted on the site today, Wired News Editor-in-Chief Evan Hansen writes: Wired News offers a range of feeds on its Web site including the ability to subscribe to top headlines and feeds for its new blog network that encourages a dialogue between Wired writers and readers. Wired.com has also implemented FeedBurner's FeedFlare service that encourages additional subscriber participation by means of tagging, sharing and tracking related feed activity. A file detailing aspects of AT&T's alleged participation in the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic wiretap operation is sitting in a San Francisco courthouse. But the public cannot see it because, at AT&T's insistence, it remains under seal in court records. The judge in the case has so far denied requests from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, and several news organizations to unseal the documents and make them public. AT&T claims information in the file is proprietary and that it would suffer severe harm if it were released. Based on what we've seen, Wired News disagrees. In addition, we believe the public's right to know the full facts in this case outweighs AT&T's claims to secrecy. As a result, we are publishing the complete text of a set of documents from the EFF's primary witness in the case, former AT&T employee and whistle-blower Mark Klein -- information obtained by investigative reporter Ryan Singel through an anonymous source close to the litigation. The documents, available on Wired News as of Monday, consist of 30 pages, with an affidavit attributed to Klein, eight pages of AT&T documents marked "proprietary," and several pages of news clippings and other public information related to government-surveillance issues. The AT&T documents appear to be excerpted from material that was later filed in the lawsuit under seal. But we can't be entirely sure, because the protective order prevents us from comparing the two sets of documents. This week, we are joining in efforts to bring this evidence to light in its entirety. We are filing a motion to intervene in the case in order to request that the court unseal the evidence, joining other news and civil rights organizations that have already done so, including the EFF, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Associated Press and Bloomberg. Before publishing these documents we showed them to independent security experts, who agreed they pose no danger to AT&T. For example, they do not reveal sensitive information that hackers might use to attack the company's systems. The court's gag order is very specific in barring only the EFF, its representatives and its technical experts from discussing and disseminating this information. The court explicitly rejected AT&T's motion to include Klein in the gag order and declined AT&T's request to force the EFF to return the documents.. http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70947-0.html?tw=wn_index_3 http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70944-0.html?tw=wn_index_2

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Date: 2006-05-22