So wonders Reuters, reporting on the ongoing trial of Private Manning:
Judge Colonel Denise Lind was left to wrestle with this question when the court-martial of Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is accused of the largest leak of classified material in U.S. history, last convened a week ago.
Manning’s attorneys had argued that Twitter postings offered by prosecutors did not meet evidence standards.
A familiar name offers some persuasive authority on the subject:
“It’s generally … not enough to offer a printout of a Tweet. Usually you need more than that because it’s so easy to manufacture that kind of stuff,” said Stephen Saltzburg, a law professor at George Washington University.
And there’s this:
Facebook itself has a site – Law Enforcement Online Requests – for police seeking account records.