Thanks for the prompt update Michelle.
I can imagine a lot of work goes into a legal action like this, unless
it is on a pro bono footing. Are the WMF costs for pursuing the case
On 24 October 2015 at 14:31, Michelle Paulson <mpaulson(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Yesterday, a federal district court granted the government's motion to
dismiss our Wikimedia v. NSA case. For those of you familiar with procedural
rules, the Judge T.S. Ellis III dismissed the case on standing grounds. What
this means is that the court believed that we, along with our co-plaintiffs,
were unable to plausibly allege that the NSA is capturing our
communications. The ruling did not reach the substance and merits of the
We respectfully disagree with the decision and plan on appealing. This was
not an unexpected outcome at this point in the litigation, and our counsel
at ACLU feel that this is a strong posture for appeal.
We continue to feel that the NSA’s mass surveillance poses a serious threat
to privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom of association -- rights that
are essential to the Wikimedia movement, rights that we will continue to
fight for. We thank the community for all of the support you have shown for
this effort throughout this process.
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