Assange's Arrest As Chilling Consequences For Investigative Journalism, Says CPJ

Assange's Arrest As Chilling Consequences For Investigative Journalism, Says CPJ

The man who was arrested has reportedly lived in Ecuador for several years and has visited the country's London embassy where Assange was staying.

"With this prosecution of Julian Assange, the USA government could set out broad legal arguments about journalists soliciting information or interacting with sources that could have chilling consequences for investigative reporting and the publication of information of public interest".

"Maybe it will shed light on the plot to create an investigation of President Trump based on a false charge of conspiracy with the Russians to affect the 2016 elections".

Ecuador's Interior Minister María Paula Romo said the country's previous administration, run by former President Rafael Correa, "tolerated things like Assange putting feces on the embassy walls and other behaviors far from the minimum respect that a guest can have".

As Assange settled in to his first night in British custody, his allies and enemies alike are gearing up for what promises to be a long, dogged legal slog, not only over his possible extradition to the USA but over how courts should view his actions.

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Julian Assange, founder of secret-sharing organization WikiLeaks, was arrested by police officers outside the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on Thursday, bringing to an end nearly seven years of evading British authorities by staying in the diplomatic outpost. And we can hope that turns out to be good news. The U.S. came in 45th place.

First Amendment lawyer Barry Pollack tells Sullivan that the indictment against Assange was narrow and didn't criminalize the mere receiving and publishing of classified information.

"The investigation has not yet been resumed, and we do not know today whether it will be", she said. The case was subsequently dropped in 2017 because it could not proceed while Assange was in the embassy.

The first crucial fact about the indictment is that its key allegation-that Assange did not merely receive classified documents from Chelsea Manning but tried to help her crack a password in order to cover her tracks-is not new.

Linking to a Guardian column by Owen Jones, Greenwald pointed out on Twitter Friday that people on "the actual left" in the United Kingdom, the United States, Latin America, and Europe have denounced the extradition effort while "U.S. establishment liberals have largely cheered it". But the line there is a little too close for comfort for me, and many others. The two women who accused him said they had brief affairs with him while he was visiting the country, but that he later acted in a nonconsensual way - including having unwanted and unprotected sex with one of the women while she was asleep. One was involved in organizing an event for Sweden's center-left Social Democratic Party and offered to host Assange at her apartment.

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