Mainstream Media Outlets Call On U.S. To Drop Charges Against WikiLeak’s Assange

  • The New York Times and four European news outlets urged the federal government to drop the charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified information.
  • “Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists,” the news outlets wrote. “If that work is criminalized, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.”
  • All of the news outlets worked with Assange in 2010 and 2011, during the events central to the criminal case, according to the Times.
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