"The new charges carry with them a maximum possible sentence of 170 years in prison."
The US espionage act charges against Julian Assange for publishing leaked classified information showing US war crimes is a massive attack on media freedoms and free speech.
The poison is out - we always knew this was what we were really fighting.
These charges are an extraordinary escalation of the Trump administration's attacks on journalism, establishing a dangerous precedent that can be used to target all news organizations that hold the government accountable by publishing its secrets.
The charges against Assange are equally dangerous for US 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.
4. Exec Order 13526 §1.7
Sec. 1.7.Classification Prohibitions & Limitations.(a)In no case shall
information be classified,continue to be maintained as classified or fail
to be declassified in order to:
(1) conceal violations of law,inefficiency or administrative error;
5. Bill Binney, NSA whistleblower, talks about the corruption in Washington
Including item 4 above.
Amnesty International by does'nt defend Julian Assange, by not recognizing its status as a political prisoner, proves that it does'ntt defend human rights. This association must disappear and all genuine democrats must disassociate.
There is no way to dodge the direct implications of the Assange indictment for every journalist who covers military, diplomatic or intelligence affairs. Read this thread on why "this is a worst-case, nightmare, mayday scenario."
WIKILEAKS RESPONDS TO ESPIONAGE ACT INDICTMENT AGAINST ASSANGE: UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK ON FREE PRESS