Could one make the argument that it is assur to read documents and other info made available through websites such as Wikileaks on the basis of it being assur to derive benefit from something that is stolen and/or based on the claim that reading such information would be a form a lifnei iver lo titen michshol (as by driving traffic to sources of such information you would be encouraging such thefts to take place)?

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    prohibition to purchase things from thieves or to do anything to encourage them is in ShA CM 356:1 he.wikisource.org/wiki/…
    – Double AA
    Nov 8 '16 at 16:21
  • Sounds like an answer to me. Should I reframe the question?
    – ezzi386
    Nov 8 '16 at 16:24
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    I don't think it's a sufficient answer. It's not clear to me that your going to the site is actually encouraging anything as they have more than enough of a market without you. Plus whether theft of intellectual property is forbidden or not (and moreover for non-Jews) is also a relevant question.
    – Double AA
    Nov 8 '16 at 16:25
  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/56604/759
    – Double AA
    Nov 8 '16 at 16:26
  • Lifne iver seems not linked. To buy from gazlan in gozel umaachil as @DoubleAA said. But to read... Interesting question
    – kouty
    Nov 8 '16 at 16:57

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