Last month, a federal court granted Chevron access to nine years of email metadata—which includes names, time stamps, and detailed location data and login info, but not content—belonging to activists, lawyers, and journalists who criticized the company for drilling in Ecuador and leaving behind a trail of toxic sludge and leaky pipelines.
When Lewis Kaplan, a federal judge in New York, granted the Microsoft subpoena last month, he ruled it didn’t violate the First Amendment because Americans weren’t among the people targeted.
Now Mother Jones has learned that the targeted accounts do include Americans—a revelation that calls the validity of the subpoena into question.
In summary: the United States is turning over metadata on U.S. Citizens email communications to a private company — nine years worth — the basis that the multi-billion dollar corporation is being extorted by activists and journalists.
And yet, while this is abhorrent, it’s even more astonishing to me that this is not front page news everywhere in the country.