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La Quadrature du Net – Surveillance: We Must Support Netzpolitik Against the German’s Government Pressure!

July 2015 by La Quadrature du Net

La Quadrature du Net strongly condemns the attempts to intimidate the
German website Netzpolitik, [accused of treason][1] by the German court for publishing documents
revealing the extension of Internet surveillance by the German secret services. La Quadrature du
Net supports the German activists being pressured by the authorities for defending fundamental

Netzpolitik, the German website defending fundamental freedoms, has been charged for “treason” on
10 July by demand of the president of the German intelligence services. The case will be lead by
the federal prosecutor in charge of espionage and terrorism.

The accusation is charging the Netzpolitk activists with publishing, in two articles in
[February][2] and [April 2015][3], leaked documents describing the new surveillance tools used by
the German intelligence services. German newspapers had already revealed the reality of how the
services’ powers were extended, but hadn’t published internal documents.

In the name of the right to inform, Netzpolitik claims the right to publish the original sources
of the surveillance programs they contest so that citizens may be aware about the scale of the
spying citizens they are subjected to, even if this surveillance was approved by their MPs.

La Quadrature du Net expresses its support and solidarity with the defenders of liberties of
Netzpolitik and strongly condemns the intimidation and the legal threats they are being subjected
to. At a time when, in France, the recent Intelligence Law punishes the revelation of
surveillance methods, even if those methods are illegal, without providing any serious measures
to protect whistleblowers, it is fundamental to protect those who work to inform citizens.

**_“The relationship between freedoms-defending civil society and intelligence services backed by
public authorities is rapidly degrading. Claiming raisons of State, intelligence agencies have no
hesitations using such an argument to crush all attempts by citizens to control surveillance. In
Germany, as is the case in France, the many revelations on domestic surveillance by our own
agencies, or foreign surveillance by the NSA are met with the closed doors of State secrecy and
higher reasons. Citizens have a right to be informed and the duty to revolt, and we will side
with our friends in Netzpolitik in their fight for the defence of fundamental rights.”_**
declared Philippe Aigrain, co-founder and member of La Quadrature du Net’s Strategic Orientation

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