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Trump Justice Department Crosses New Line, Charges Assange With Publishing U.S. Secrets

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Trump charges Assange with publishing

In a stunning escalation of the Trump administration’s war on the press, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for revealing government secrets under the Espionage Act. It’s the first time a publisher has been charged under the World War I-era law.

The indictment charges Assange with 16 counts of receiving or disclosing material leaked by then-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2009 and 2010. The charges invoke broad provisions of the Espionage Act that make it a crime to disclose or retain any defense information knowing it “could be used to injure” the U.S.

The act has no exception for reporters or publishers, but prior administrations have balked at invoking the law against journalists for fear of colliding with the First Amendment.

TVNL Comment: Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.  Got that, Bob Barr? Are they ALL clueless?

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