Julian Assange’s charges are a direct assault on press freedom

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Excerpted from The Guardian 4.12.2019

The charge sheet accusing Julian Assange of engaging in criminal theft of US state secrets contains a direct assault on fundamental press freedoms and could have a devastating effect on the basic acts of journalism, leading first amendment scholars and advocacy groups have warned.

Prosecutors in the eastern district of Virginia released on Thursday an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder that has been under seal since March 2018. It will now form the basis of the US government’s request for Assange to be extradited from the UK to Alexandria to face trial.

Chelsea Manning.  Currently in jail for refusing to testify before US Grand Jury

Academics and campaigners condemned large chunks of the indictment that they said went head-to-head with basic activities of journalism protected by the first amendment of the US constitution. They said these sections of the charges rang alarm bells that should reverberate around the world.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/12/julian-assange-charges-press-freedom-journalism

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