Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WikiLeaks attorney expects Assange to be charged with espionage


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By GARY BAUMGARTEN
A California attorney who does pro bono work for WikiLeaks says she expects the U.S. government to charge the website’s founder, Julian Assange, with espionage.
Speaking on The People Speak show on Paltalk.com and BBS Radio, Julie Turner said she anticipates an indictment will be issued in Virginia where the federal court is known to be conservative and is less likely to have a broad interpretation of the First Amendment. Her comments give insight into the defense that may be mounted for Assange if he is charged.
Turner said the government will argue that Assange is not a journalist and that WikiLeaks is not a news organization  in order to avoid the prospect of bringing similar charges against the New York Times and other news entities that reported on the material posted by WikiLeaks.
Turner said, initially, the New York Times “roundly rebuked WikiLeaks and Julian Assange” until U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, “made the point that maybe the New York Times is guilty.”
“I suspect the U.S. government will try to distinguish Mr. Assange from the New York Times,” by arguing that he is not a journalist, she said.
Gary Baumgarten is news and programming director at the Paltalk News Network.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Main News Media Reported on Wikileaks and All its News Readers have Read it. I have also read from Wikileaks. It Open my Eyes and my Thoughts.
If the US charged Julian Assange while the Supreme Court has Not Rule about the Illegality of Wikileaks, it would Seems like Witch Hunt instead of Dealing With Openess, Truth and Justice in the Name of the People.
That Would Throughly bring Shame upon the American Justice System and its Claim to Greater Human Rights.
If, The Truth is Not Important, it Would Give More Credence to all those who Claims USA as the Great Satan of Darkness n Secrets.
Let this Not be the Case, for the Love of the American People and All Humanity on Earth.
Thanks Gary.