The authoritarian Trump administration, which relishes centralized power, indicted Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange with 17 counts under the Espionage Act for disseminating classified information received from military and diplomatic documents.
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech is a longstanding value of American jurisprudence that is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Originally a virtue of English common law dating back to the Magna Carter, free speech of both personal expression and “of the press” is highly esteemed as a fundamental tenet of democratic republics around the world. From a legal sense, the liberty to express oneself freely means that governments cannot prosecute a person for speech (journaling, video recording, art, music) that might offend or expose wrongdoing among the state or a private entity.
Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Westminster Magistrate’s Court just had a hearing with Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson and Wikileak’s Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson on a request by the U.S. government to extradite Assange on charges of leaking classified information. For the past few weeks since his arrest Julian Assange is being kept in Her Magesty’s prison in solitary confinement—23 out …