The Committee to Protect Journalists released a statement saying it "is aware of the arrest of Julian Assange and is examining the US charges for press freedom implications". Our freedom of the press is the most important check we have on abuses of power.
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However, critics argue the charge is part of a ploy by the Trump administration to punish Assange for publishing classified information about the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-provided by Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who remains jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury-and that extraditing Assange "would set a risky precedent for journalists everywhere". But the protections don't easily extend to journalists or others who themselves break the law to obtain information or who solicit others to do so, as the Government alleges. This is how we've found out about some of the biggest political scandals of the past 100 years.
What the USA seems to be saying is the problem wasn't that he published the material, but that he helped steal it.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said Assange should face the criminal justice system if Swedish authorities decide to charge him.
Assange's mother, Christine Assange, also took to Twitter to defend her son, who she said was "sick and in pain from prolonged detention and torture".
During the 2016 election, he declared "I love WikiLeaks!".
"The Assange indictment is weaker than you might expect", tweeted the constitutional lawyer and former federal prosecutor Ken "Popehat" White yesterday.
Assange, for now at least, faces a single count of computer intrusion conspiracy. "BUT it doesn't say they succeeded". Should simply saying "Sure, go for it" count as a crime? "Indicting Mr. Assange merely for releasing classified information could have set a precedent that prosecutors might have used in the future against journalists". In line with standard operating procedure in Swedish courtrooms, he was not formally charged. "That's not a useful way to talk about what distinguishes the Assange case".
"The people that are furious at Assange should be furious at two people: Chelsea Manning and Barack Obama", Judge Napolitano added. This could mean the end for press freedom.
But Labour leader Mr Corbyn said Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face a charge of conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer. Prosecutors made a decision to discontinue the rape investigation against Assange in 2017, with Ny saying at a news conference in Stockholm that "all possibilities to advance the investigation have now been exhausted".