Here comes the next chapter in the Julian Assange/WikiLeaks saga: ABC News is reporting that Assange “could soon be facing spying charges in the U.S. related to the Espionage Act.” Their source is Assange’s attorney, Jennifer Robinson.
The embattled founder of WikiLeaks is already in custody in London; he was arrested on sexual assault charges earlier this week. Robinson told ABC that while these latest charges are imminent, she doesn’t believe they have any merit:
“Our position of course is that we don’t believe it applies to Mr. Assange and that in any event he’s entitled to First Amendment protection as publisher of Wikileaks and any prosecution under the Espionage Act would in my view be unconstitutional and puts at risk all media organizations in the U.S.”
While the Justice Department declined to comment when approached by ABC, Attorney General Eric Holder has said that he authorized a criminal investigation into Assange’s actions. “The lives of people who work for the American people has been put at risk; the American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that are, I believe, arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way,” he said Tuesday. “We are doing everything that we can. We have a very serious, active, ongoing investigation that is criminal in nature. I authorized just last week a number of things to be done so that we can hopefully get to the bottom of this and hold people accountable, as they — as they should be.”
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