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Case against WikiLeaks founder Assange is a crisis for the First Amendment

Assange's recent legal case protesting new asylum conditions was rejected by a court in Ecuador

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Wikileaks  |  Julian Assange  |  Mike Pompeo

Heather Wokusch | FPIF 

The Justice Department has prepared criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is working behind the scenes to have him extradited to the United States. Press freedom and the right to dissent may hang in the balance.

The criminal charges were accidentally revealed last week when Assange’s name was found on the court filing of an unrelated case, suggesting that prosecutors had copied a boilerplate text and forgotten to change the defendant’s name. Barry Pollack, a US lawyer on Assange’s team, told the New York Times: “The news that ...

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First Published: Tue, November 20 2018. 15:42 IST
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