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The U.S. government indicated today that WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange could be in legal jeopardy for disclosing classified information because he is "not a journalist."
The catch, however, is that the Espionage Act draws no distinction between traditional journalism and WikiLeaks-style informational activism. It merely makes it illegal to disclose "information relating to the national defense" as long as that information could be used "to the injury of the United States."
That means reporters and editors at The New York Times, which has published a subset of the cables, could in theory face criminal charges too. (So could anyone operating one of the 1,289 mirror sites that currently exist.)
“We're registered as a library in Australia, we're registered as a foundation in France, we're registered as a newspaper in Sweden,”