reply to post by Faiol
I got it up and enjoyed reading the laws to protect
freedom of speech .
All online submissions enter Wikileaks equipment in Sweden and Belgium. These two countries have strict protections for journalist-source
communications and criminal penalties apply to those who do not heed them. Both countries are members of INTERPOL, have numerous extradition treaties
and have shown a willingness to use them in relation to rights violations — even against sitting heads of state.
One of the four fundamental laws of the Swedish constitution is the Tryckfrihetsförordningen, or Press Freedom Act. Under Chapter 3, the Right to
Anonymity, not only do investigators face criminal penalties for spying on journalist-source communications, including stored communications. It does
not matter where such spying takes place; that the information is a journalist-source communication bound for an organization covered by the Press
Freedom Act is sufficient.
This is also why Assange, who spends most of his time in Iceland,
has backed that country’s pending Modern Media Initiative [IMMI].
The IMMI is legislation that was conceived after Iceland’s disastrous
economic meltdown in order to enable journalists to report on future
Effectively, the legislation would make Iceland a haven for investigative
journalism, with protections for whistleblowers, journalists, and
from things like ‘libel tourism’.
Iceland’s Parliament will have a final vote on the IMMI before June 15.
Whether its passage is impeded or aided by this recent
WikiLeaks-related incident remains to be seen,
but might be something worth watching.
In effect, Assange has been quite clever in setting up WikiLeaks
as a media organization and by using credited journalists
as conduits for leaked material.
What it means for the U.S. government is that it will be very difficult
to prosecute WikiLeaks or Assange for whatever role either played
(if any) in the alleged leaking of the diplomatic cables.
One other interesting thing to note here, I think, is WikiLeaks’s agenda.
During an interview earlier this year with Stephen Colbert, Assange
The promise we make to our sources is that not only will we defend
them through every means that we have available…
but we will try to get the maximum possible political impact
for the material that they give to us.
[edit on 6/14/2010 by Ex]