They should ABOLISH the Espionage Act, not use it against Julian Assange (and all of us)

Espionage Act: How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United States
Naomi Wolf

This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange.

For good measure, Lieberman extended his invocation of the Espionage Act to include a call to use it to investigate the New York Times, which published WikiLeaks’ diplomatic cables. Reports yesterday suggest that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may seek to invoke the Espionage Act against Assange.

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1 thought on “They should ABOLISH the Espionage Act, not use it against Julian Assange (and all of us)”

  1. IIRC, in matters of the First Amendment v. the Espionage Act, courts have consistently noted that the legislative history during Congressional debate has shown that Congress did not intend to include news publishing among those affected by the Act. In fact, it was this unwritten exception that intruded on the prosecution of the AIPAC officials who received documents from Larry Franklin. Had the government successfully prosecuted that case, the implications for freedom of the press would have been grave.

    That opportunistic politicians are nevertheless still trying to use the Espionage Act to subvert freedom of speech should come as no surprise. It’s what authoritarian governments do….

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