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9, 03:22 UTC

By Alex Johnson

The Charge Against Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Receiving and Publishing Classified Materials Represents a Serious Threat to the First Amendment Rights of All Americans so the proponents of the political spectrum on Thursday computer intervention which was revealed last month. In particular, Assange (47) is accused of illegally inducing Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning sent him classified information, some of which he published without changing the names of confidential sources that passed on information to US diplomats.

The lawyers' criticism also found support among current and former government officials.

David A. Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Freedom stated on Twitter: "Regardless of what you think of Wikileaks or Julian Assange, prosecution of the espionage law can only be bad for

And MSNBC's legal analyst Matthew Miller pointed out that the Department of Justice refused to assassin Assange for exactly this reason during the administration of former President Barack Obama, as its main spokesman to accuse.

"This is nonsense", Miller said on Twitter arguing that there is a "pretty clear difference between the indictment of government employees who have vowed to protect classified information, and persons outside the government who they publish. " [19659037] "As I have said for several years, there are very good reasons why we did not take this theory into account" he said . "And it's not like we have a record reporter loved by these subjects."


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