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Response to cpwm17 (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:54 PM

28. I don't know if physically being on US soil is necessary...

especially in the age of the Patriot Act where cybersecurity is such a concern.

The main roadblock would be demonstrating that Assange had foreknowledge that release of the information would cause harm to US national security. Israeli lobbyists were indicted in 2005 for charges related to espionage, but the judge dropped the case because such foreknowledge could not be demonstrated:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11952817

In 2005, two pro-Israel lobbyists associated with Aipac, an Israeli interest group, were indicted and accused of obtaining government information and spreading it to colleagues, journalists and Israeli diplomats. But prosecutors dropped the charges after a judge ruled they would have to prove the pair knew distributing the information would hurt the US.

In Mr Assange's case, lawyer Baruch Weiss, who represented the pro-Israel lobbyists, noted in a Washington Post article that Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has said the leaked diplomatic cables were embarrassing but would have only "modest" consequences for US foreign policy.

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