Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces 17 new counts in a superseding indictment over his role in publishing classified documents in 2010.
BREAKING: For the first time in the history of our country, the government has brought criminal charges under the Espionage Act against a publisher for the publication of truthful information. This is a direct assault on the First Amendment.
This is the issue, in three sentences.
Charging Assange under the Espionage Act will have a srs chilling effect on our most fundamental rights of freedom of speech & freedom of the press. Every American—certainly every journalist—must strongly condemn this anti-democratic act by the Trump Admin
regardless of what you think about wikileaks or julian assange, an espionage act prosecution can only turn out badly for press freedom in this country
Julian Assange has been charged in a superseding indictment with violating the Espionage Act. Complete insanity. This is the gravest attack on the First Amendment in years -- possibly ever
Trump is doing well to follow in Obama's footsteps. Drone strikes, commando raids, espionage act indictments. Assange was right, they are going to lock him up and throw away the key
Espionage act charges are extremely disturbing here, and, unlike the CFAA charges previously discussed, are squarely an attack on the practice of journalism.
Being indicted for conspiring to hack a Pentagon computer is not a threat to the First Amendment. Being indicted for publishing classified information is:
"Much of what Assange does at WikiLeaks is difficult to distinguish in a legally meaningful way from what traditional news organizations like The NYT do: seek and publish information that officials want to be secret..."
If Trump's DOJ can get away with espionage charges against Julian Assange --we no longer have a freedom of the press. This is not merely about Julian Assange or
. This is about ALL JOURNALISTS. Journalists silent on this are complicit
"For the purposes of press freedoms, what matters is not who counts as a journalist, but whether journalistic activities — whether performed by a 'journalist' or anyone else — can be crimes in America."
Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues. WASHINGTON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks leader, has been indicted on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act for his role in obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic…
“Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues”
I'm conflicted about this. I'm a strong free speech/press proponent to keep democracy's abuses in check. Transparency is crucial. But there's something about Assange that doesn't sit well. He's slimy.
intentions/integrity seems far more credible