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Ken Hamidi, who has run a long campaign to expose what he considers to be wrong-doings by the Intel Corporation, has received further support in his fight from a US labour organisation.

Hamidi was prevented by a summary court judgement from sending electronic mails to Intel employees.

But Hamidi has received support in an appeal against this judgement from the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), the Berkman Center for Internet and Society of Harvard Law School, and from the American Civil Liberties Union. On Friday, he told The Register that the National Work Rights Institute has also recently put its weight behind his claims, filing a so-called Amicus Curiae appeal on his behalf.

Intel has opposed attempts by these bodies to overturn the earlier judgements, filing its own arguments rebutting Hamidi's appeal, and it is may be the end of the year before the case is reviewed again.

But, said Hamidi, whatever the decision of the court, that is unlikely to be the end of the matter.

He said: "Even though the window for filing briefings has been closed, but because the justices have not yet ruled on my appeal it will be at the discretion of the presiding judge as to whether to allow them to join at this time or not. Either way they'll defend me in the next step.

"I have been researching for the last six to seven months and am making preparations to file two class action lawsuits against Intel. Preferably I'll try to initiate these two class action lawsuits right after the court's decision is out."

Hamidi has details about the court case at his Web site, which you can find here. ®

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