Julian Assange’s Charges Are Centered on Hacking, Not Publishing Classified Information

On Thursday, the US unsealed charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. But despite a pervasive narrative that authorities were going to prosecute Assange for publishing information in the public interest, raising press freedom concerns, instead a court charged Assange with hacking crimes that had already been in media reports for years, first reported by The Washington Post in 2011.

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