Now, when the founder of “WikiLeaks” Julian Assange charged with 18 charges in the United States, including the violation of the law “About espionage” 1917, the media have finally begun to expose the U.S. Department of justice criticism.
“The corporate media have to make a choice here and now. They must overcome their hatred for Julian Assange, if you want to save their skins, because they are now in the line of fire,” — said the chief editor of “Consortium News” and the author of books about Hillary Clinton Joe Lauria.
After Assange’s arrest, on 11 April, very few major news channels were ready to defend the journalist, whom they supported for many years. After the U.S. justice Department has put forward an additional 17 charges against the WikiLeaks founder, some major media outlets such as “The New York Times” and The Washington Post began to publish the opinions of experts and journalists, which partially oppose the accusations against Assange.
The article “The New York Times” was entitled: “Indictment against Assange is aimed at the heart of the First amendment.” The article tells about how the administration trump seeks to use the law “About espionage” to influence journalists.
“The charges against Assange are aimed against the spirit of the First amendment,” said Lauria.
According to the journalist, the newspaper “The New York Times” published a number of materials not out of love for Julian Assange: “It is from their own interests. They see that the precedent that is set now with this indictment: any journalist, individual or organization that distribute secret information, can face charges from the U.S. Treasury”.
Thus, major publications as “The New York Times”, “CNN”, “The Washington Post”, which receives and publishes classified information can be prosecuted.