Assange's Arrest As Chilling Consequences For Investigative Journalism, Says CPJ

WikiLeaks Assange hauled from embassy faces US charge

Assange's Arrest As Chilling Consequences For Investigative Journalism, Says CPJ

"Julian Assange has done much harm to American interests over the last decade, and on Thursday the WikiLeaks founder moved a large step closer to accountability in a US court", the Journal said.

"With this prosecution of Julian Assange, the U.S. government could set out broad legal arguments about journalists soliciting information or interacting with sources that could have chilling consequences for investigative reporting and the publication of information of public interest". And we can hope that turns out to be good news. And they're all staying up in my attic.

Julian Assange is exactly the kind of person that prompts bad policy to be made.

"He highlighted an issue, which is you know transparency and openness and the use of the Internet, but I think increasingly he used it for his own ends", said Paul Hare, who was a British diplomat for 30 years.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed Assange's arrest, saying it showed that "no one is above the law" in the UK.

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'But really this is just describing someone on the autistic spectrum.

One of its most high-profile releases came in 2010, when it published a video from a U.S. military helicopter that showed the killing of 18 civilians in Baghdad, Iraq.

Tucker Carlson examined the arrest of Julian Assange, and the corresponding media narrative surrounding the WikiLeaks founder's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

The Guardian leads with the WikiLeaks founder's sensational arrest that saw him dragged from the Knightsbridge embassy where he had been holed up for almost seven years in a diplomatic stand-off.

More recently, Assange has argued he couldn't leave the building because he was afraid he would be taken to America and put on trial for when Wikileaks released secret U.S. documents. He could be jailed for up to five years.

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Assange's attorneys fear that in case of his handover to the U.S., he may face up to 35 years in jail or capital punishment. If we can't do that while defending our position on his extradition, we have a serious problem.

Following his arrest, Assange was hauled to Westminster magistrates" court in the afternoon where a judge branded him a "narcissist who can not get beyond his own selfish interests'. And in any event, Assange must first serve his sentence for skipping bail in 2012.

It followed claims that while on a visit to Stockholm to give a lecture, Assange had raped one woman and sexually molested and coerced another.

This would see him serve six months before a fight over his extradition to the United States begins.

"After media reports that Julian Assange has been arrested in London, the counsel for the injured party has requested the Swedish preliminary investigation concerning rape be resumed", the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement.

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That case could be reopened, but for some critics, the concern lies with authorities in the US.

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