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Indymedia Servers Mysteriously Reappear after being Seized, But Questions Remain

San Francisco, CA - Rackspace Managed Hosting, the San Antonio-based company that manages two Indymedia servers seized by the US government last Thursday, said yesterday that the servers have been returned and are now available to go back online. Immediate access to the servers, which host Indymedia's Internet radio station and more than 20 Indymedia websites, will be delayed so that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) can ensure that the servers are secure and take steps to preserve evidence for future legal action.

Now that the servers have been returned, the question still remains: who took them, and under what authority? Citing a gag order, Rackspace would not comment on what had happened both in the original seizure of the servers or their return. All that is known at this point is that the subpoena that resulted in the seizure was issued at the request of a foreign government, most likely with the assistance of the United States Attorney's Office in San Antonio. Although initial reports suggested that the FBI had taken the servers, the FBI has now denied any involvement.

related: [ Indymedia servers stolen by authorities have been returned | Houstonians gather at Swiss Consultate to protest seizure of Indymedia servers ]

previous coverage: [ FBI Seizes IMC Servers In The UK (Oct. 8) | Indymedia to U.S., U.K., Swiss and Italian Authorities: "Hands Off Our Websites" (Oct. 11) ]

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