Police raid Gizmodo editor over iPhone 4G leak

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Jason Chen, editor for the blog Gizmodo, has had his home raided by Californian police investigating the possible theft of the iPhone 4G handset that the website exclusively leaked last week.

Police broke into Chen’s home on Friday, taking four computers, two servers and an iPad among other items. According to the police warrant (posted here by Gizmodo), the computers may hold pictures of the iPhone 4G, as well as correspondence as to how the blog got their hands on the device.

However, according to Gizmodo’s legal team, the raid was illegal under Californian law. The state’s shield laws, which allow journalists to withhold their sources and unpublished information, meant that Chen should not have been targeted.

The investigation is ongoing, with police “looking at any hand that touched or had something to do with this phone.”

Gerald Lynch