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Assange case could make news reporting a crime

By Roy Gutterman, June 13, 2019

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Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have edged closer and closer to the precipice of a slippery slope that could end up criminalizing a range of newsgathering activities and holding journalists criminally responsible when they receive leaked documents. Assange, the controversial and flamboyant founder of WikiLeaks, is half a world away in England as he faces extradition to either Sweden or the United States. But the implications of his case may trickle down to all levels of journalism. Ultimately, readers, viewers and citizens who rely on unfettered newsgathering could bear the cost.

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