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Editor of London-based political blog risks fine and jail by breaching injunction and naming threesome celebrity

"He knew the order was in place and the terms of the injunction and the court will look askance at that. Where his servers are is unimportant. If he lives in England he is under the court's jurisdication.

"If he has done it all outside England & Wales he will not be liable unless he comes into the UK when the court can hold him to account because the information was directed into England & Wales not (like the US publication) geo-filtered.

"People don't tend to go to jail for this. But the judges will take a dim view and he may well be made a scapegoat for the problems of this injunction.

"He has effectively put the children in difficulty, as the judges will see it."

The Court of Appeal imposed the interim injunction partly out of concern for the high-profile couple's children.

Last week the couple were identified by a publication in the US, and on Sunday they were named by a newspaper in Scotland.

Stephens said it was likely that The Sun will apply to have the order lifted because the information concerned can no longer be seen as private.

He said: "At some point the news organisation will apply to have it discharged. There will be a bit of argument as the judges will want to continue to protect the children, but there are more proportionate ways of doing that rather than through censorship."

The political blogger says on his report of the story: "This case is not a serious criminal matter, however there is no doubt that the likes of Dominic Strauss-Kahn have used privacy laws to cover-up much more serious wrongdoing. Fear of public exposure is about the only way we can restrain wrongdoing by the rich and the powerful."

The Sun has launched a bid to overturn the injunction.

It was confirmed today by a spokesman for the judiciary that the Court of Appeal in London has received an application to discharge the order.

The application is currently being processed by the court and no date has yet been set for a hearing.

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