The owner of the German version of Wikileaks has had his homes raided by police.
In a possible response to publication of blacklists from Australia, Thailand and Denmark, Theodor Reppe, who owns the domain for wikileaks.de, claims that seven police officers in Dresden and four in Jena searched his homes on Monday.
Reppe claims he was not contacted by police prior to the search, while police documentation claimed that the reason for the search was ‘distribution of pornographic material' and ‘discovery of evidence'. Police claimed that the raid was initiated due to Mr. Reppe's position as the Wikileaks.de domain owner.
Reppe does run one of Germany's most popular TOR anonymising proxy servers, which allows users to mask the source of internet traffic, that have been used for the anonymous distribution of child sexual abuse material.
Wikileaks claimed that police did not want to give any further information to Reppe and no contact was made with Wikileaks before or after the search.
Wikileaks said in a statement: “It is therefore not totally clear why the search was made. However Wikileaks, in its role as a defender of press freedoms, has published censorship lists for Australia, Thailand, Denmark and other countries. Included on the lists are references to sites containing pornography and no other material has been released by Wikileaks relating to the subject.
“The raid appears to be related to a recent German social hysteria around child pornography and the controversial battle for a national censorship system by the German family minister Ursula von der Leyen. It comes just a few weeks after a member of parliament, SPD minister Joerg Tauss had his office and private house searched by police. German bloggers discussing the subject were similarly raided.”