The regional High Court in Navarra confirmed to The Spain Report on Sunday afternoon that the full identity of the wolf-pack rape victim had been publicly accessible online for 10 days via an e-justice portal with a valid security verification code contained within a pdf file of the judgement that was e-mailed to journalists and that some media outlets uploaded to their websites.
The court also confirmed that the identity of the victim in the full sentence on the e-justice portal was the same woman whose identity had been revealed by the Spanish version of a neonazi news site on Friday and by users on two major Spanish forums—Forocoches and Burbuja.info—on Wednesday night.
One of the articles included non-pixelated photos of the woman and described her as "an undesirable fat girl", as well as publishing images of her with her friends in different places, the university she attended and the degree course she was studying, as well as the username of one of her social media accounts.
The code for the e-justice portal—normally available only to lawyers and court officials—was visible in plain text on the side of every page of the judgement e-mailed to journalists on April 26, along with information identifying the accused, but not the victim.
That pdf file was uploaded without changes or redaction within minutes of its publication by several major media outlets in Spain, including El Mundo, ABC and 20 Minutos.
The code was not visible in a pdf version of the sentence published on the regional high court's public website, and information related to both the accused and the victim was redacted or names changed.
Any user could have used the code in the pdf uploaded by the media outlets to access the full unredacted judgement containing the victim's real identity via a publicly accessible e-justice portal.
The spokesman for the court said it was not currently known if any, which or how many people had accessed the judgement using the code published by Spanish media outlets, or if there was any relation between that series of errors and the identification of the victim on the neonazi website and forums.
He said an investigation would likely begin on Monday.
One reporter who investigated the activity on Spain's largest forums on Wednesday night told The Spain Report he thought it was unlikely forum users had connected the dots with the security verification code and that what he had seen had been done by cross-referencing snippets of information about the case previously published or broadcast by media outlets.
It is not known how the neonazi website and one other webpage confirmed the woman's identity.
E-mail messages from courts in Spain contain a reminder to reporters that it is their responsibility to guard against the publication of personal or identifying data contained in judgements and other documents provided on a daily basis about a wide variety of cases.
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