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Not Fake: Assange indictment a test for 1st Amendment rights

“New York (AFP) – Does the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the US Espionage Act for publishing classified military and diplomatic documents threaten the constitutional right to freedom of the press?

Many legal experts fear it does, and say journalists could find themselves facing similar charges if they try to protect their sources.

“What he is accused of doing is exactly what professional journalists do every day — seeking, receiving and publishing important information about our government,” said Sonja West, a law professor at the University of Georgia.

“When it comes to the Espionage Act, this is a line that press advocates have been closely watching, and the Trump administration just crossed it.”

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