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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Justice Department prosecutors have brought a new, 18-count indictment alleging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated the Espionage Act when he unlawfully obtained and disclosed national defense information. The new charges against Assange carry potential consequences not just for him, but for others who publish classified information, and could change the delicate balance in U.S. law between press freedom and government secrecy.




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The people defending the government(s) actions in this case have been proven wrong yet again.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-23 04:43 PM | Reply

Whistle past the graveyard much Sentinulli?

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-05-23 07:35 PM | Reply

"could change the delicate balance in U.S. law between press freedom and government secrecy."

Constitutional... something.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-23 07:43 PM | Reply

#2, what do you mean by that?

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-23 08:35 PM | Reply

Statement from ACLU:

"For the first time in the history of our country, the government has brought criminal charges against a publisher for the publication of truthful information. This is an extraordinary escalation of the Trump administration's attacks on journalism, and a direct assault on the First Amendment. It establishes a dangerous precedent that can be used to target all news organizations that hold the government accountable by publishing its secrets. And it is equally dangerous for U.S. journalists who uncover the secrets of other nations. If the US can prosecute a foreign publisher for violating our secrecy laws, there's nothing preventing China, or Russia, from doing the same."


#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-23 11:40 PM | Reply

In Smearing Julian Assange, Our Press Have Become Hypocrites

"The preoccupation with maligning Assange's character and not bringing context and analysis to what his arrest might mean to press freedoms is un-journalistic at best. Reporters are not just violating ‘Journalism 101' best practices, but are trampling on the public's right to know. The anti-journalism ranges from subtle and not-so-subtle fact omissions to broad-brush tarnishing."

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-24 01:07 PM | Reply

One thing is for certain, the government will have to convince 12 of us that he is guilty of espionage. I doubt they can. The nature of what he exposed was not that sensitive. Basically it was the notes of the State Department on foreign government officials. Some of it was humorous, some disturbing, but nothing that would get someone killed. He got it from a source that has already been pardoned, and he has become a she.

#7 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-24 08:21 PM | Reply

Just squirt a little water on the stinky traitorous bastard his body will go into shock.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-05-24 09:30 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson Ignorance on display, he is not an American citizen, how prey tell could he be a traitor?

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-24 10:05 PM | Reply

I'll always consider Snowden, Manning, Assange, and Greenwald as heroes. They exposed the truth to power.

The haters are the real fools of this story. The persecutors are the enemy of all mankind.

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-24 10:16 PM | Reply



"The nature of what he exposed was not that sensitive."

Collateral Murder sure seemed pretty sensitive at the time.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-24 10:17 PM | Reply

#11 | Posted by snoofy, What does state department notes have to do with murder? If they do, that is a whole other can of worms.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-24 10:28 PM | Reply

Collateral Murder seems to be a little oxymoronic.If individuals are setting next to a target, arn't they allied with the target?

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-24 10:31 PM | Reply

The Feds May Come to Regret Charging Assange with Espionage

By prosecuting Julian Assange, the Department of Justice risks weakening its ability to go after spies and rogue employees.

#14 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-25 10:26 AM | Reply

From link in #14

But if soliciting leakers and helping them submit information is the new standard for Espionage Act prosecutions, then the Associated Press, Forbes, the Guardian, the New York Times, POLITICO, the Washington Post, and other publications that publicize their SecureDrop address to collect whistleblower information must be in trouble, too.

#15 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-25 10:38 AM | Reply


#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-25 10:53 AM | Reply

No surprise that anti-American and racist Docnjo defends another enemy of the American people.

#17 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-05-25 04:04 PM | Reply

"Just giving the Brits more reasons not to extradite him. Whatever happened to the Presidential candidate who loved Wikileaks so much? When they were hacking Democrats Orange ------ loved them, now not so much. What gives?"
#2 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2019-05-25 10:56 AM

Agreed on the first part, although I wouldn't count on the Brits to necessarily do the right or rational thing. The second part should be obvious to anyone paying attention.

#18 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-25 08:14 PM | Reply

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