BREAKING: The Eastern District of Virginia Just Castigated Julian Assange
From The Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors on Thursday accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of violating the Espionage Act, bringing against him a new, 18-count indictment alleging he unlawfully obtained and disclosed national defense information.
The new charges dramatically raise the stakes of the case both for Assange and the news media, raising questions about the limits of the First Amendment and protections for publishers of classified information.
Prosecutors allege Assange worked with a former Army intelligence analyst to obtain and disseminate classified information — conduct of which many traditional reporters might also be accused. The U.S. government, though, sought to distinguish the anti-secrecy advocate from a traditional reporter.
“Julian Assange is no journalist,” said John Demers, the Justice Department’s Assistant Attorney General for National Security. He said Assange engaged in “explicit solicitation of classified information.”
Of course, this has nothing to do with Assange, Wikileaks, and the 2016 election. However, the fact that everyone not named Glenn Greenwald is finally starting to admit that Julian Assange is “no journalist” and that Wikileaks has, and continues to be, a front for Russian intelligence is an encouraging sign. Knowing Assange and he way he constantly muddles the water, this case won’t see the light of day for quite some time. However, the fact that this case has been filed with those additional 17 charges along with the fact that Sweden has reopened the rape case against Assange shows that Julian’s days of fecal smearing all over the confines of a friendly embassy are long gone. He will live out the rest of his days as a pariah, as someone who went all in with his buddy Vlad and who ultimately got left out in the cold, hung out to dry by his alleged friends and forcefully indicted by a United States district court.
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