Media Support for Assange: Too Little Too Late?

After years of relative silence, the national media is beginning to show support for Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.  And much of that support revolves around the Espionage charges that Trump’s Justice Department has brought against him.  Originally charged with conspiricy, the new charges would amount to a life sentence for Assange.  But what’s even more alarming is that if convicted  the move against Assange would criminalize receipt and publication of any leaked or stolen document by any person, journalist or otherwise.   As On-Target’s Larry Sparano points out,  this would in effect shut down the First Amendent and Freedom of the Press.  And without the protection of the First Amendment, the government can hide all of its abuses and corruption, through the prosecution of anyone who dares to expose its wrongdoing.  Here’s the latest exchange between Larry and Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

The Assange Espionage Charge: Trump’s Assault on Freedom of the Press

If Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange is convicted of Espionage, say goodbye to what is left of democracy in the United States.  That’s the conclusion of On-Target’s Larry Sparano, commenting on the Trump administration’s decision to charge Assange with Espionage.  Today’s piece begins with a portion of an editorial by Jeremy Scahill, the editor of The Intercept news outlet. Scahill says the groundwork for Trump’s move against Assange was laid by President Barak Obama, who,  more than any other chief executive,  harshly prosecuted those who leaked governement documents to the press. Now, with Trump, anyone who merely publishes leaked information would be subject to criminal charges and imprisonment.  Larry says this should raise an alarm from anyone who values Freedom of the Press, which, until now, has been guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: