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Barton Gellman: ‘The Assange precedent is dangerous’ | Journalism books | The Guardian

I am very much worried that the precedent that the present US administration is trying to set with Assange is dangerous, and quite new in the American legal tradition. Assange is charged with asking for information, with receiving information, and with publishing information. And I don’t mind saying that those are exactly the things that I do. And there has never been a prosecution for espionage based entirely on publication. If that’s allowed to stand, there’s absolutely no reason why it couldn’t be used against the Washington Post or the New York Times or CNN.

Source: Barton Gellman: ‘The Assange precedent is dangerous’ | Journalism books | The Guardian