The Julian Assange Charges Raise Huge Questions. Here Are Four of Them.
One known unknown is what other charges prosecutors may still be sitting on.
The U.S. wants Julian Assange on hacking charges—but they may not be the only ones he’s facing. The Justice Department is hinting that there could be another case pending against the WikiLeaks founder now that Ecuador has booted him out of its London embassy. What else could Assange be charged him with? And is it likely that he’ll ever see the inside of an American court?
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Can this be used against other outlets? It’s wait and see. The nightmare scenario for news outlets that do national security reporting has always been that the Justice Department would charge WikiLeaks or Assange under the Espionage Act. Given that news organization solicit classified information on a daily basis, that would mean everyone from the New York Times on down could be open to prosecution for their national security reporting.