Twitter Hack Case Could Test Shield for Blogs

FREE PRESS — Exploiting a computer network's imperfect security, a hacker unlawfully gains access to private company messages and other documents and copies and forwards them to an Internet information site, where some are posted.  The company seeks to find out who the hacker was.  If the Internet site is found to be a journalistic publisher under California law, it may be able to ignore the company's subpoena, which would be unenforceable, notes attorney Jeffrey D. Neuburger in MediaShift.

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Tax Fraud Informant Gets Harsh Prison Term

WHISTEBLOWERS — " If he had kept his mouth shut and
his head low, Bradley Birkenfeld would be a free man today. He
didn’t, so now the former UBS Swiss banker wears an electronic
bracelet on his ankle and, beginning in January, will spend
three years and four months in a federal penitentiary," notes columnist Ann Woolner for Bloomberg News.

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Swiss Bank Informer Looking at Bars, Not Bounty

WHISTLEBLOWERS — Bradley C. Birkenfeld, the former UBS banker who helped break the secrecy of the Swiss bank—a
practice that not only sustained uncounted spy novels, but was widely
considered inviolable—is facing years in prison after blowing the whistle on tax cheating via offshore accounts.

As reported by David S. Hilzenrath for the Washington Post,

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