The emergence of the subpoena appears to confirm for the first time the existence of a secret grand jury empanelled to investigate whether individuals associated with WikiLeaks, and Assange in particular, can be prosecuted for alleged conspiracy with Manning to steal the classified documents.
The US District Court in Virginia said it wanted information including user names, addresses, connection records, telephone numbers and payment details.
Those named include Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and an Icelandic MP.
The US is examining possible charges against Mr Assange over the leaking of 250,000 classified diplomatic cables.
Reports indicate the Department of Justice may seek to indict him on charges of conspiring to steal documents with Private First Class Bradley Manning, a US Army intelligence analyst.
The information sought includes mailing addresses and billing information, connection records and session times, IP addresses used to access Twitter, email accounts, as well as the "means and source of payment".
Mr Assange condemned the court order on Saturday, saying it amounted to harassment.
"If the Iranian government was to attempt to coercively obtain this information from journalists and activists of foreign nations, human rights groups around the world would speak out," he said in a statement.
What information could the subpoena of Twitter info reveal and how would that info be useful to the US? I mean, all tweets are public aren't they, and the individuals in question use their real names on their twitter accounts. What am I missing? Why does the US want this info?
So Assange believes he should be able to read everyone else's mail, but no one should be able to read his? That's convenient.
Freedom of the press isn't about protecting a class of people, but it is about protecting a particular activity. The debate isn't about whether Assange, etc, are journalists, but whether what Wikileaks is doing is journalism. It's a subtle point, but it does matter.
Yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater is also 'public speech' and can also get you arrested. It's not that simple.
Hee, sort of like leaking diplomatic cables to intimidate government into behaving. I like it.
"WARNING all 637,000 @wikileaks followers are a target of US gov subpoena against Twitter, under section 2. B http://is.gd/koZIA"
Icelandic Foreign Minister Oessur Skarphedinsson said it was not acceptable that US authorities had demanded the information.
"According to the documents that I have seen, an Icelandic parliamentarian is being investigated in a criminal case in the United States for no reason at all," Skarphedinsson told Icelandic public radio RUV.
"It is intolerable that an elected representative is being treated like that," he said.
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