The list includes over 20 examples from 1844-2018. #Assange
And, "An informed public depends on free
& independent press that can serve as check on governmental abuse of power—kinds of abuses that WikiLeaks made public." #Assange
Witnesses likely to testify on Day 2 are Patrick Cockburn, Nicolas Hager, and Daniel Ellsberg. Defense also may reconnect with Feldstein to finish testimony disrupted by tech problems on Day 1.
(*Not previously expected to take stand today.)
Stafford Smith responded I know that's not the law in America #Assange
Would it surprise you to know there are no charges against Assange for publishing to others or publishing on internet those cables to internet or any of material you mentioned?
Lewis kept maintaining only cables with names of informants will surface in a US trial. But that doesn't mean uncharged documents won't factor into court proceedings. #Assange
Feldstein responds that the indictment paints news gathering in a very nefarious light
Note: On Day 1, he suggested Feldstein was not an expert qualified to give testimony. #Assange
He said WL was skeptical “short of an open, official, formal confirmation that US govt" wouldn't prosecute. #Assange
Feldstein replies that he's not sure Assange's attorneys would ever be convinced US wouldn't pursue charges
I'm terribly confused. Feldstein, defense witness, stuck to sources that might have knowledge in DOJ. And yet excluding Assange and WikiLeaks statements is bias?
But First Amendment got in the way
Feldstein answered no, but added that certainly he wouldn't treat NYT and Assange as similar entities.
Kind of undermines the earlier questions that accused Feldstein of bias. #Assange
Ah yes, this favorite canard of national security agents. #Assange
Feldstein: Not at all. #Assange
Feldstein: Conspiracy is a very scary term. #Assange
-Unprecedented nature of charges
-Rejected by Obama admin
-Framing of superseding indictment
-Trump’s known vitriol toward the press