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The Assange Indictment Seeks to Punish Pure Publication

There is a lot to digest in the superseding indictment of Julian Assange, which charges the Wikileaks founder with 17 counts under the 1917 Espionage Act in connection with the Chelsea Manning disclosures. But three of those counts represent a profoundly troubling legal theory, one rarely contemplated and never successfully deployed. Under those counts, the Justice Department now seeks to punish the pure act of publication of newsworthy government secrets under the nation’s spying laws.

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Document: Former Intelligence Analyst Charged With Providing Classified Information to Reporter

On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed an indictment charging Daniel Everett Hale, a former intelligence analyst with the Air Force and National Security Agency and a former contractor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, with five counts, including four under the Espionage Act, for providing classified information to a reporter.

Secrecy: Leaks Prosecutions

Document: Grand Jury Indicts Former SSCI Staffer for False Statements Regarding Contacts With Reporters

A grand jury in the District of Columbia has charged James Wolfe, the former director of security for the Senate intelligence committee, with three counts of making false statements to a government agency in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1001(2).

Secrecy: Wikileaks

Will the United States Be Able to Extradite Assange?

Late last week, CNN reported that the Justice Department is close to bringing criminal charges against Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks and a longtime resident of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that Assange’s arrest is now a “priority.” DOJ has struggled for some time to determine whether and how to charge Assange.

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