FAST FIVE: 5 Major Newspapers Send Letter To Biden Demanding US Drop Assange Charges
“Publishing is not a crime.” Protesters gather outside the Home Office in London, Getty Images The letter comes as Assange, the founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is fighting the US government's attempt to extradite him to face charges of violating the draconian Espionage Act of 1917.
If found guilty on all counts, Assange would face a prison sentence of up to 175 years for publishing classified information-a common journalistic practice.
Press freedom organizations have vocally warned that Assange's prosecution would pose a threat to journalists the world over, a message that the five newspapers echoed in their letter Monday.
“This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America's First Amendment and the freedom of the press,” the letter reads.
Assange's legal team filed an appeal in August, alleging that the WikiLeaks founder is “being prosecuted and punished for his political opinions.” Tyler Durden Mon, 11/28/2022 – 11:22.