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Amnesty International Hangs Julian Assange Out to Dry - or Possibly Just Hang

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NEW YORK - Journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been hit with 17 Espionage Act charges by the United States. If convicted, Assange could be sentenced to up to 170 years in prison or even face the death penalty.
A conviction would also set a dangerous precedent for journalists in the U.S. who publish classified material. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote that “This case will decide the future of media.”
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents the government from “abridging the freedom of speech.” Nonetheless, the prosecution of...
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The Feds May Come to Regret Charging Assange with Espionage

The Feds May Come to Regret Charging Assange with Espionage

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The indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act, announced Thursday , has the potential to trigger a First Amendment brawl the Department of Justice may soon come to regret starting. The Espionage Act, first passed in 1917, has proved essential in prosecuting spies and employees with classified clearances who violated their oath by leaking to the press, but federal prosecutors have long avoided using it to punish journalists for possessing or publishing those same leaks. They weren't being generous, nor was their inaction a product of their love of the news...
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New US charges against Assange may slow extradition from UK

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WASHINGTON - A new indictment against Julian Assange could further delay what was already expected to be a protracted battle to get the WikiLeaks founder out of a London jail cell and into a U.S. court, by opening the door for his legal team to argue that the Espionage Act charges are political and thus not covered by an extradition treaty between the two countries.
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New US charges against Assange may slow extradition from UK

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WASHINGTON - A new indictment against Julian Assange could further delay what was already expected to be a protracted battle to get the WikiLeaks founder out of a London jail cell and into a U.S. court.
It opens the door for his legal team to argue that the Espionage Act charges are political and thus not covered by an extradition treaty.
Assange is serving a 50-week sentence in London after being evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in April. Though the United States and the United Kingdom have a longstanding extradition treaty, one exception is for political offenses.
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