A number of media organizations (including the AP, Wired, and the Los Angeles Times) recently filed a motion to unseal the affidavit used as the basis for the search warrant executed on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house. The District Attorney’s office opposed the motion arguing that releasing the affidavit would jeopardize the security of an ongoing investigation.
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clifford V. Cretan, however, wasn’t buying it.
Earlier today he ordered that the aforementioned affidavit be unsealed. Certan explained that upon reading the affidavit, it’s clear that it contains no confidential information that would tarnish the integrity of the case. Certan went on to say that the only reason the affidavit was sealed to begin with was because it pertained to a fluid and ongoing investigation, and because “the warrant involved possible intrusion into media sources.”