THE JULIAN ASSANGE CASE: TRUMP’S ‘WAR ON JOURNALISM’ TAKES CENTER STAGE AT JULIAN ASSANGE’S EXTRADITION HEARING | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

THE JULIAN ASSANGE CASE: TRUMP’S ‘WAR ON JOURNALISM’ TAKES CENTER STAGE AT JULIAN ASSANGE’S EXTRADITION HEARING

FPF is a nonprofit organization that Timm said “protects, defends, and empowers public interest journalism in the 21st century.” It developed SecureDrop, an “open-source platform for secure communications between sources and media organizations.”

WikiLeaks, as Timm noted, is widely recognized as a “pioneer” of this kind of “secure submission system for journalistic sources.” The system that FPF developed is available in 10 languages. “More than 70 media organizations worldwide, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, USA Today, Bloomberg News, CBC, and the Toronto Globe and Mail” are using the system to “solicit” or accept leaked documents.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which published the “Panama Papers” investigation, has a page on their website that says, “Leak to us.” Dropboxes for leaks are even advertised by news organizations on social media platforms.

It is these common newsgathering practices that the United States Justice Department’s prosecution of Assange explicitly criminalizes. However, James Lewis of the Crown Prosecution Service, who represents the U.S. government, attempted to undercut testimony from Timm.

Lewis stated it was the prosecution’s position that Assange is “not a journalist.” Timm acknowledged this position but maintained “it doesn’t matter whether the U.S. government considers Assange a journalist.” The New York Times does not need an “issued press pass to have First Amendment rights.” Plus, it is beside the point whether Assange is a journalist because he “engaged in First Amendment activities.”

Timm refused to accept the prosecution’s argument that the indictment against Assange is carefully tailored to only criminalize the publication of documents that contained the names of informants working for the U.S. government

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; what Wikileaks published, has never, to this day, been proven wrong. It has only proven to be a profound embarrassment to the US government, which rarely wants to be seen as actually doing what it does, in its consistent commission of war crimes.

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