Assange Lawyers Prepare for U.S. Spying Indictment
Source: ABC News
Attorney Says American Indictment Related to Espionage Act Imminent for Wikileaks Founder
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the man behind the publication of more than a 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables, could soon be facing spying charges in the U.S. related to the Espionage Act, Assange's lawyer said today.
"Our position of course is that we don't believe it applies to Mr. Assange and that in any event he's entitled to First Amendment protection as publisher of Wikileaks and any prosecution under the Espionage Act would in my view be unconstitutional and puts at risk all media organizations in the U.S.," Assange's attorney Jennifer Robinson told ABC News.
Robinson said a U.S. indictment of Assange was imminent.
Assange is already in custody in London on sexual assault charges including rape originating out of Sweden. He is being held in solitary confinement with restricted access to a phone and his lawyers, Robinson said.
"This means he is under significant surveillance but also means he has more restrictive conditions than other prisoners," she said. "Considering the circumstances he was incredibly positive and upbeat."
Justice Department officials declined to comment on the possible coming charges, but earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the release of the documents had put the United States at risk and said he authorized a criminal investigation into Assange.
29. So I gather. I'll not waste more time seeking an answer
However, I have to admit that opposing the release of files exposing war crimes and lies on the grounds that still-secret classified information might show great harm from this is an innovative and vaguely amusing contrivance, though one which remains completely unconvincing.
31. Tell that tot the U.S. government who are not especially concerned
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about who might be hurt or not. But Wikileaks AND the NYT asked them to remove names of anyone they thought might be hurt by having their names revealed. They rejected the request.
If anyone is harmed by News Reporting the blame goes directly to those in the U.S. government who are apparently hoping someone will be hurt so they can jump and down some more when Journalists do their jobs, and it reveals the crimes being committed by this and other governments.
It's laughable to see the very people whose hands are dripping with blood, pretend to care if anyone is harmed and then refuse to protect them when given the chance.
You really should stop trying to defend them. The world knows the facts and no one is on our side in this, except or course for the usual criminal suspects themselves.
21. Obama is hanging on by his fingernails right now...
I wonder if there's not the possibility of something in those files that would destroy his presidency, either now or in 2012. It may or may not be in there, nobody knows, including the president, but he is acting like that is a real possibility.
There are no rape charges. At present there are in fact no formal charges against Mr. Assange at all. This whole exercise is a ruse to get him into custody so that the U.S. government can waterboard him at a "secure location" sometime in the near future.
if this happens. So is Holder going after the leakers of the Pentagon Papers as well? Or pursuing indictments against the Bushies for war crimes? Is he going after the Plame leakers? The Al Quada mole exposer? This is some of the most cynical, hypocritical shit I have ever seen out of a Democratic administration.
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