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“Publishing Is Not a Crime”: Major Newspapers Urge Biden to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange

HeadlineNov 29, 2022

The New York Times, The Guardian and three major European newspapers are urging the Biden administration to drop all charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In a joint letter, the newspapers say, “This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press.” The letter ends with the words “Publishing is not a crime.” Assange, who is jailed in Britain, faces up to 175 years in a U.S. prison on espionage and hacking charges for exposing U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. The five publications, which also include Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País, had partnered with WikiLeaks in 2010 to report on documents leaked by Chelsea Manning.

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