The Justice Department will likely choose not to bring charges against Julian Assange for publishing the troves of classified documents leaked to him by Chelsea Manning, reportsThe Washington Post. Anonymous US officials tell the Post that the decision isn’t final, but that it’s looking unlikely that charges will be made unless Assange were implicated in some additional crime.
“If you are not going to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information, which the department is not, then there is no way to prosecute Assange,” Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman, tells the Post.
Assange is reportedly being viewed just as a publisher or a journalist from a traditional publication, such as The New York Times or the Guardian, would be. According to thePost, the Justice Department believes that prosecuting Assange would be the same as prosecuting those papers for publishing other leaks. It even reports that the department feels that it would have to begin prosecuting them it if it also indicted Assange.
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