US Charges Julian Assange With 17 Counts Under Espionage Act

In an attack against press freedom, the Trump administration disclosed 17 criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, under the Espionage Act, for obtaining and disclosing evidence of US war crimes.

In early April, the Trump administration unsealed an indictment against Assange, alleging he violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the course of his work publishing documents that exposed US war crimes. The US is now seeking his extradition from the UK.

The British government arrested Assange on April 11, 2019, on behalf of the US government after Ecuador’s government was paid billions of dollars to lift his protection in their embassy in London, where he had been since 2012.

Since the Bush administration, the US government has made more use of the Espionage Act to go after people who provided information to the public through reporters.

Now the government is going to try and use the Espionage Act to prosecute a journalist who published information about war crimes that the government didn’t want the public to know about.



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