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Julian Assange of Wikileaks arrested in London. He will be sent to US. Will 1st amendment apply to him here?

Posted - April 11


  • 160
    If not the first, how about the fifth.
      April 11, 2019 8:16 AM MDT

  • 14487
    I don't know. Certainly the 5th as that is available in most countries. 
      April 11, 2019 2:42 PM MDT

  • 1782
    Probably not.  He is loved by one side and hated by the other one minute and vice versa the next.   
      April 11, 2019 9:01 AM MDT

  • 14487
    True and the sides are mingled. 
      April 11, 2019 2:39 PM MDT

  • 9266
    I doubt he has First Amendment rights if what he's disseminating violates national security.  
      April 11, 2019 9:14 AM MDT

  • 14487
    We do not arrest news people in the US for publishing...even if it is classified information.
    He is not a citizen so will different laws apply? This post was edited by my2cents at April 11, 2019 2:39 PM MDT
      April 11, 2019 2:36 PM MDT

  • 9266
    He is accused of hacking into our government's computers for the purpose of obtaining and disseminating classified information detrimental to this country.  The First Amendment does not include hacking for this purpose.  
      April 11, 2019 6:47 PM MDT

  • 14487
    I had not heard the charge. I know they have always said he did not do any hacking himself just publishing on Wikileaks. Maybe they learned some new info. 

    But you are right 1st would not apply to that.
      April 11, 2019 6:52 PM MDT

  • 9266
    I believe they added more charges including conspiring with that transgender soldier to obtain classified information.  I didn't catch all of the charges when it came on the news - I was doing something.

    I checked this out after my original response: This post was edited by SpunkySenior at April 11, 2019 8:13 PM MDT
      April 11, 2019 6:55 PM MDT

  • 9266
    So, the only charge (at this time) against Assange "stems from what prosecutors said was his agreement to break a password to a classified United States government computer." 

    "Reporters have expressed concern that charges for publishing stolen documents could erode the First Amendment, but Assange's charge is for hacking, not publishing, the documents he obtained with Chelsea Manning."  Therefore, this is not a First Amendment issue.

    The quotes are from an Axios PM email I received this evening, but I can't seem to link it for you to check it out.  

      April 11, 2019 11:12 PM MDT

  • 1000
    Nope I do not believe so.  We now have Spring into Summer theater to compete with the Trump.  The talking heads are going to be in Hog Heaven
      April 11, 2019 12:23 PM MDT

  • 14487
    At least they will have something real to talk about for change. 
      April 11, 2019 2:43 PM MDT