WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protected by first amendment: Judge Napolitano

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court after he was arrested in London Britain.— Reuters  File

After 2,487 days in the embassy, the 47-year-old was arrested after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and invited police officers inside their Knightsbridge premises, where he has stayed since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations which Assange has always denied.

But, Barry Pollack, a lawyer for Assange, said that Assange did nothing more than encourage a "source to provide him information and taking efforts to protect the identity of that source".

"Maybe it will shed light on the plot to create an investigation of President Trump based on a false charge of conspiracy with the Russians to affect the 2016 elections".

The UK's opposition Labour Party has called on the government to halt the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he has been charged with offences related to his work with whistle-blower Chelsea Manning.

The struggle has taken him through a "mansion arrest" in the English countryside; a dramatic escape into the Ecuadorian Embassy in London; a multimillion-pound United Kingdom police siege of the embassy that has strained government coffers; and even a freaky attempt to turn him into a Moscow-based diplomat.

Let's put aside Assange for a moment-because when laws are written or precedents set based only on whether Bad People are bad, we all lose. The U.S. came in 45th place. And we can hope that turns out to be good news.

But will it? But by going out of its way to charge him only under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the USA government seems to indicate it did not want to set a unsafe precedent.

"We are not going to allow Ecuador to become a hacking center and we can not allow illegal activities to take place in the country in order to harm citizens or other governments", Romo said, after pointing out that Ecuador also suspects two Russian hackers to be involved in the influence campaign on their country. He has been arrested under a US extradition warrant for conspiring with Chelsea Manning to publish classified information, specifically those related to supposed war crimes committed by the USA army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though prosecutors dropped this investigation, Assange still faced British charges of failing to appear in front of a court when ordered to.

The indictment does not explicitly charge Assange for publication, a move that would have wide-ranging press freedom implications, but it does construe his interactions with Manning as part of a criminal conspiracy. But the line there is a little too close for comfort for me, and many others. Rather, it simply accuses Assange of trying to help Manning log into the Defense Department's computers using a different user name so that she could maintain her anonymity while downloading documents in the public interest and then furnish them to WikiLeaks to publish.

Related News:



Most liked

US Vice President on Venezuela
United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock told the council that there is a "very real humanitarian problem" in the country. Raw video: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the U.N.

Guy writes flawless ending in Virginia's title-clinching win
Yet while Virginia's offense has been more efficient in the tournament, the Red Raiders' defense has been tougher statistically. The NCAA basketball championship game always delivers - and today's finale between Virginia and Texas Tech was no exception.

Merkel to host May for Brexit talks on Tuesday
As a last resort, May has even started cross-party talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, but there have been no results so far. The Cabinet Office said it was taking responsible steps, but the move did not make participation in the elections inevitable.

Secret Service director out less than 24 hours after DHS secretary resigns
The departures indicate unstable circumstances at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service. This access does not afford an individual proximity to the President or other Secret Service protectees.

‘All debris to decay in 45 days’: DRDO chief on Mission Shakti
Some 150 scientists worked round-the-clock and some 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries. The idea began around 2014 and development started in 2016 with a go-ahead from the government.

U.K. police outside Ecuador embassy amid WikiLeaks tweets
Mr Assange would be likely to be arrested if he was forced out of the embassy, as a Met Police arrest warrant is still in force. A small group of protesters and supporters of Wikileaks' founder gathered on Thursday outside the embassy in London where Mr.

Liverpool have everything - Guardiola lauds Klopp's title challengers
Federation Internationale de Football Association have given the two sides until April 15 to settle the row. We had a hard game against Cardiff ", Hazard added.

Russian Federation arms deal jeopardises your North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership, United States tells Turkey
He reiterated the USA concerns about Turkey's procurement of Russian S-400 surface to air missile system. "Germany must do more". Pence was also critical of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline which would transport Russian gas to Germany, according to Axios .

U.S. House condemns Trump's courtroom efforts to end Obamacare
One would think that ample time for a party that really cared about health care to have come up with an actual plan. He said that Trump "insists he has a magic plan that we can see if only the American people re-elect him".

Ole Gunnar Disappointed With Wolves Defeat But Pleased With Team's Performance
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo picked his strongest side despite their Wembley trip and insisted he did not consider resting players. Wolves at two chances, both due to mistakes from United players', and they scored two goals.

Azpilicueta demands unified front after Chelsea fans turn on Sarri
Azpilicueta's first goal in nearly a year was mired in controversy as he was clearly in an offside position when he diverted home Marcos Alonso's flick-on.

Suspected killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle arrested in Los Angeles
Nineteen people were hospitalized after a stampede at a memorial at Hussle's store on Monday night. According to local reports, Hussle was shot in the head and body multiple times.

UK Politics: May prepares for second round of indicative votes
Conservative MPs across the board said they would block such a move, which requires two-thirds support in parliament. Eight motions have been proposed and the opposition Labour Party is expected to put forward its plan this morning.

Zinedine Zidane's warning: I like Paul Pogba, he likes Madrid
So how would Pogba fit into Zidane's team? "[N'Golo] Kante, [Olivier] Giroud, Hazard all played three matches in seven days". I'm at Manchester and I'm happy".

Gaza protests: Thousands mark 'Great Return' anniversary
The border protests have turned into a standoff between Gazans hurling rocks and explosives and Israeli troops across the border. The ministry said Mohammed Saad died after being hit in the head with shrapnel caused by Israeli forces fire east of Gaza City .