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    Re: New York Times = Wikileaks to the Republician leadership?

    Julian Assange unlikely to be charged in US


    The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting US news organisations and journalists, United States officials say.
    The officials stressed that a formal decision has not been taken and a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks remains impanelled, but they said there is little possibility of bringing a case against the Australian, who has sought asylum in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, unless he is implicated in criminal activity other than releasing online top secret military and diplomatic documents.
    The Obama administration has charged government employees and contractors who leak classified information - such as former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning - with violations of the Espionage Act.
    But officials said that although Assange published classified documents, he did not leak them, something they said significantly affects their legal analysis.
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    "The problem the department has always had in investigating Julian Assange is there is no way to prosecute him for publishing information without the same theory being applied to journalists," former Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.
    "And if you are not going to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information, which the department is not, then there is no way to prosecute Assange."
    Justice officials said they looked hard at Assange but realised that they have what they described as a "New York Times problem". If the Justice Department indicted Assange, it would also have to prosecute the New York Times and other news organisations and writers who published classified material, including The Washington Post and Britain's The Guardian, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.


    That 1st amendment stuff is such a pain huh jmervyn

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    Re: New York Times = Wikileaks to the Republician leadership?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobCox2 View Post
    That 1st amendment stuff is such a pain huh jmervyn
    I already made my support of this clear, both here and under the thread regarding Mr/s "Chelsea" Manning.

    So go derp yourself.



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    Re: New York Times = Wikileaks to the Republician leadership?

    Herp U !


    Deserved the Bump calling U on it.
    U Republician leadership figure U

    You let them set the agenda.

    Quote Originally Posted by jmervyn View Post
    Bob, you made no sense whatsoever there. Don't ever change.

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    Re: New York Times = Wikileaks to the Republician leadership?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobCox2 View Post
    Deserved the Bump calling U on it.
    Huh? Calling me on... agreeing with you? Er, ok, I'll make sure I'm never that stupid again?

    Furthermore, how is this a GOP-exclusive problem, and how am I suddenly supporting their hypocrisy? Manning's treason occurred during the Obama admin, as you'll recall, and the question of prosecuting Assange is an Obama DOJ issue... This is a bipartisan problem - only truly stupid people don't recognize that the Progressive desire for Statism does not recognize party lines.

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