Appletwo weeks ago, alleging that recent postings on the site contain Apple trade secrets. The lawsuit aims to identify who is leaking the information and to get an injunction preventing further release of trade secrets.
Kurt Opsahl, an attorney for civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has claimed that in addition to the ThinkSecret site being subpoenaed for sources, Ciarelli is being directly sued for trade secret misappropriation.
A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment on Ciarelli or on the Think Secret lawsuit.
at the end of December that Apple was expected to launch a small Mac computer, codenamed Q88 priced at $499. Two weeks later at the Macworld Expo.
An online petition has been started calling for Apple to withdraw the suit.
In a separate lawsuit, Apple is suing two men who it says distributed pre-release versions of Tiger, the next iteration of Mac OS X. It is also suing unnamed individuals who leaked details about a forthcoming music device code-named Asteroid.
Ingrid Marson of ZDNet UK reported from London.