Assange's lawyer, meets Eric Holder at Cannes & confronts him about DOJ persecution of WikiLeaks [View all]
Julian Assange's lawyer, Jen Robinson, meets Eric Holder at Cannes & confronts him about DOJ persecution of WikiLeaks http://t.co/2uGRNZOV
TUESDAY, JAN 31, 2012 4:00 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
When a WikiLeaks lawyer runs into Eric Holder
During a chance encounter at Sundance, I pressed the attorney general about his plans for Assange -- and his legacy
BY JENNIFER ROBINSON
Then I took the opportunity to ask the attorney general a few questions.
“That’s interesting,” I responded, “because I am a lawyer for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.” Slightly taken aback, a flicker of recognition crossed his face. “How do you think history will reflect upon your treatment of WikiLeaks and Assange?”
The young woman who requested the photo gasped audibly, whispering, “Whoa, this is major,” to the person next to her. Others gathered closer to listen.
“Eric” instantly becomes Holder, and responds in the professional manner of a politician. “The release of confidential information is a very serious matter, and we have to draw the line somewhere.” As he spoke, I recalled a conversation at the Manning hearing in December with a senior national security reporter who admitted he felt the news media would be at risk if Assange were prosecuted. One wonders where Holder’s line will be drawn — and what it will mean for journalism globally.