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Being reported in the UK ...

Julian Assange to be charged with Spying, by the US:

America is set to bring spying charges against jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, claims his lawyer.

US prosecutors are said to be finalising their case against the 39-year-old Australian behind the publication of more than 250,000 secret diplomatic messages.

A brief reading of the article suggests that the US has never before charged anyone with spying, following the receipt and distribution of classified material

The article is guessing at how the charges might be framed, but one thing appears certain .... Julian Assange is being framed.

Why oh why is the New York Time, The Guardian and the many other media outlets not being charged alonside him.

The US has never used the law to charge a recipient who has published classified information.

But a senior legal aide said the government might argue that WikiLeaks is functioning as a kind of storehouse, gathering and maintaining the classified material rather than acting as a traditional media outlet.

Surely, given the embargoed early release to the media, who then published, the least we might expect would be some kind of conspiracy charge ...

Or do they not really care about that, and are simply on a witchunt against Assange?

UPDATE: Recommended .... Good! If for no other reason than the national interest we have in making sure that the Law is applied evenly, and with justice the aim; then Julian Assange's case needs as much exposure as possible.

Originally posted to Every Part of You Belongs to You on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 09:33 AM PST.

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