What the U.S. charges against Julian Assange mean for press freedom

Nothing good.

The United States today filed 17 new charges against Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. Assange is charged with publishing classified material. The Justice Department says they charged this because he revealed the names of confidential sources.

I believe this was announced as a distraction from the Trump administration's excruciatingly bad infrastructure week.

The decision to charge Assange in this manner should be of great concern to press freedom advocates.

Journalists also publish classified material.

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