Thursday, June 15, 2006, 6/15/2006 07:43:00 AM

AT&T Accuses Wired News of Leaking Trade Secrets

The federal wiretapping case against AT&T continues to get uglier. After Wired News sought to intervene to unseal certain documents, AT&T turned the tables and now "accuses Wired News of misappropriating and 'leaking' trade secrets by publishing the evidence. The telecommunications giant also accuses Wired News of violating the judge's order that the plaintiffs in the case not distribute the documents further." AT&T's filing is here.

Wired News had earlier published an account of an AT&T whistleblower who accused the company of setting up a secret room near its San Francisco switch, presumably so the government would have easy access for listening in on calls.
Wired News claims the documents aren't trade secrets at all.

Now, in addition to the usual tension between open courts and claims of trade secrets, we've also got national security claims raising their heads.

Expect a ruling soon.

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