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Mr Michaud's case is one of many emerging from the investigation into Playpen users.
In December, the Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said the investigation of Playpen led to more than 200 active prosecutions and the identification or rescue of at least 49 American children who were subject to sexual abuse.
In January, Michael Fluckiger was sentenced to 20 years in jail for running the Playpen site.
Once the site's administrators had been arrested, the FBI kept the site going for 13 days to gather information about members.
US prosecutors have dropped a case against a man accused of using a child porn site because the government refused to divulge how it revealed his identity.
The Playpen site was located on the Tor network which is used to anonymise web-browsing activity.
To get round this Tor Identity blocker the FBI used what it called "network investigative techniques" and revealed people's identities. But it refused a request for information on its technological investigation techniques. Federal prosecutor Annette Hayes wrote in a court filing on Friday that "because the government remains unwilling to disclose certain discovery related to the FBI's deployment of a 'network investigative technique'" it was "deprived of the evidence needed to establish defendant Jay Michaud's guilt beyond reasonable doubt".
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: tikbalang
Why would the mob get involved with this? Or is this just thinking out loud on the key board?
originally posted by: Woodcarver
a reply to: seasonal
The fbi doesn't want to reveal that there are no boundaries to their access of your tech devices.
That is, assuming of course, the FULL weight of every tool in the arsenal is thrown against a single individual. Many of those tools would become useless if information gained with them were used to prosecute an American citizen.
originally posted by: Meldionne1
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: seasonal
I'm wondering who else is being hushed up, remaining nameless
Blocking by the FBI is suspicious as hell.
I was thinking the same thing....who....or ....what big wig was caught ?