To keep classified docs from WikiLeaks secret, DOJ drops 2 child porn counts

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(Source: arstechnica.com)

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To fight Tor hack prosecutions, activist groups offer up legal helpRather than allow public, but still-classified materials found on WikiLeaks to be exposed in court, federal prosecutors in Tacoma, Washington, have dropped two cases related to child pornography. Those two counts were against a man accused of downloading such materials through Playpen, a now-defunct child-pornography website that was hidden through Tor.

The move, which took place earlier this month, means that David Tippens will only face one remaining count of possession of child pornography, which carries no minimum sentence.

Tippens, like all of the over 200 Playpen prosecutions unfolding nationwide, was discovered through the government seizure and temporary operation of Playpen. During that 13-day period in 2015, federal authorities deployed an exploit to logged-in users of the site, which had the effect of forcing users’ computers to expose their true IP address…

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