01 Aug 2019

In Rejecting DNC Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks, Judge Strongly Defended First Amendment Rights Of Journalists

In a defense of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled the Democratic National Committee cannot hold WikiLeaks liable for publishing information allegedly stolen by Russian agents.

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Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo via CIA.
11 Jul 2019

Invoking WikiLeaks And Torture Report, CIA Pushes For Expansion Of Secrecy Law To Stifle Public Criticism

When the CIA and other agencies in the United States government pushed for the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) in 1981, it was crafted to exclude “covert agents” who resided in the U.S. There was consideration by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of how the legislation might “chill

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Photo by Tim Evanson on Flickr.
23 May 2019

In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist

To listen to the story, click the above player. In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists

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Photo by Tim Evanson on Flickr.
16 Apr 2019

FBI Affidavit In Assange Case Shows Government Is Criminalizing Publication Of Afghanistan War Logs

An FBI affidavit shows prosecutors are focused on criminalizing WikiLeaks’ publication of the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs.

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WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange is expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested by British police. Screenshot of Ruptly coverage.
11 Apr 2019

Justice Department Charges Julian Assange With Computer Crime But Alleges Conspiracy To Abet Espionage

The Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, alleging he abetted the disclosure of classified information.

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12 Nov 2018

How The Justice Department Uses ‘Law Enforcement Tools’ Against Journalists

Two annual reports from the Justice Department reveal how “law enforcement tools” are used by FBI and prosecutors when investigations target journalists

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22 Oct 2018

Under Trump, Journalists Face Greater Risk Of Warrantless Electronic Searches At Border

The growth of warrantless searches of electronic devices by Customs And Border Protection puts press freedom at great risk.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Credit: White House livestream)
01 Aug 2018

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Rather Unusual But Revealing Answer To Question About Heckling Reporters

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responds to question about media hecklers by attacking journalists who publish leaks.

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President Donald Trump. Photo via White House on Flickr.
08 Jun 2018

Picking Up Where Obama’s War On Leaks Left Off: Trump Justice Department Seizes Reporters’ Records

Trump Justice Department seized communication records of New York Times reporter and other journalists, marking a continuation of Obama’s war on leaks.

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Still from the film "The Post" (2017). Source: https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-post
12 Jan 2018

Film Review: ‘The Post’ Depicts A Newspaper Paralyzed By Coziness With Power

“The Post” is more than a story about the Pentagon Papers. It is a character study of Washington Post publisher, who was compromised by her ties to elites.

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