oh, you thought you had freedoms worthy of sending our armies abroad to attack other small nations to save them? read this about where your first amendment are vanishing and why;
The First Amendment is meaningless if it only protects people the government recognizes as journalists.
The U.S. government on Thursday unveiled an 18-count indictment
against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, charging him under the 1917
Espionage Act for his role in the 2010 publication of a trove of secret
documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and diplomatic
communications regarding dozens of nations. So extreme and unprecedented
are the indictment’s legal theories and likely consequences that it
shocked and alarmed even many of Assange’s most virulent critics.
The new indictment against Assange bears no relationship to
WikiLeaks’ publication of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign
documents or any of its other activities during the 2016 presidential
campaign. Instead, it covers only publication of a massive archive of
classified U.S. government documents that revealed a multitude of
previously unknown, highly significant information about wars,
government and corporate corruption, and official deceit. WikiLeaks, in
2010, published those materials in partnership with some of the largest
media outlets in the world, including the New York Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais, outlets that published many of the same secret documents that form the basis of the criminal case against Assange.
With these new charges, the Trump administration is aggressively and
explicitly seeking to obliterate the last reliable buffer protecting
journalism in the United States from being criminalized, a step that no
previous administration, no matter how hostile to journalistic freedom,
was willing to take. The U.S. government has been eager to prosecute
Assange since the 2010 leaks. Until now, though, officials had refrained
because they concluded it was impossible to distinguish WikiLeaks’
actions from the typical business of mainstream media outlets. Indicting
Assange for the act of publishing would thus make journalism a felony.
By charging Assange under the Espionage Act, the Trump administration
proved that the asylum Assange obtained from Ecuador in 2012 — offered
in the name of protecting him from persecution by the United States for
publishing newsworthy documents — was necessary and justified........https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/28/indictment-assange-blueprint-making-journalists-felons
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