American Civil Liberties Union comments on arrest of Julian Assange

By agency reporter
April 11, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union has responded to the arrest in London of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in relation to an extradition warrant on behalf of U.S. authorities.

Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said: “Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organisations.

"Moreover, prosecuting a foreign publisher for violating U.S. secrecy laws would set an especially dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public's interest."

* American Civil Liberties Union https://www.aclu.org/

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