TheVoiceOfJoyce Publishing companies are naively blocking punishment of Julian Assange based on his original investigative reporting. However, when Wikileaks and Julian Assange, worked cooperatively with the Russian Internet Agency and Donald Trumps campaign to make private emails and data gained illegally by The Russian Internet Agency, they crossed a red line. Wikileaks was essentially aiding a crime. The Russian Internet Agency, infiltrated the RNC and the DNC and exposed sensitive polling data. The Russian Internet Agency stole data from Hillary Clinton and released 30,000 of her emails for use in conspiracy ads and for use by the Trump Campaign Team. Would you want someone, or entity or foreign entity to gain access to your personal data and use it against you? Is this any different from entering the DNC and stealing their papers for your campaign’s use and strategy. One set of data is on paper and the other data resides on the internet. What’s the difference?

The Obama-Biden administration, in office during the WikiLeaks publication in 2010, refrained from indicting Assange, explaining that they would have had to indict journalists from major news outlets too. Their position placed a premium on press freedom, despite its uncomfortable consequences. Under Donald Trump however, the position changed. The DoJ relied on an old law, the Espionage Act of 1917 (designed to prosecute potential spies during world war one), which has never been used to prosecute a publisher or broadcaster.

This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s first amendment and the freedom of the press.

Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists. If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.

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