April 26, 2010
Posted: 05:34 PM ET
The Gizmodo-iPhone saga continues.
Gizmodo, the technology blog that recently published details about Apple's next-generation iPhone after paying $5,000 to get its hands on the device, posted documents today showing that police raided one of its editor's homes.
A search warrant posted by Gizmodo says police on Friday seized computers, cameras, hard drives, business cards and computer servers from the home of Jason Chen, the site's editor who last week published details about Apple's unreleased smartphone.
The warrant, issued by a judge in California's San Mateo County, says police were able to raid Chen's home because they had reason to believe his computers were used to commit a felony. The warrant makes specific reference to the unreleased iPhone 4 and gives police the authority to look for e-mails and other documentation related to the gadget.
Gawker Media, which owns Gizmodo, published a statement saying the raid was unlawful because of journalistic protections. Chen works from home, so his house should be protected as newsrooms are, the statement says.
In an account posted on Gizmodo, Chen says he returned home from dinner to find police searching his house.
Chen, who apparently has not been arrested or charged with a crime, says his door was kicked down as part of the search.
For background, you can find Gizmodo's account of how the blog acquired the unreleased iPhone here.
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