They’re not buying the argument that he’s a journalist.
Via Daily Caller:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday with violation of the Espionage Act for publishing classified materials that the government claims revealed the identities confidential human sources.
The charges were part of an 18-count superseding indictment against Assange, who was indicted on April 11 on a single charge that he conspired with former Army private Chelsea Manning to hack into the classified computer systems of the Defense Department.
The new charges are likely to test the limits of First Amendment protections for publishers. Assange, who is in jail in London, has defended publishing stolen government materials by claiming he is a journalist.
But prosecutors on Thursday pushed back Assange’s defense, saying that he aided and abetted the theft of classified documents and ignored warnings that publishing the information would jeopardize sources. (
“Julian Assange is no journalist,” John Demers, the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for national security, told reporters.