The attempted extradition of Julian Assange risks ‘criminalising journalism’

The Met Police has confirmed that the UK has received an extradition request from the US relating to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This follows the arrest of Assange after Ecuador withdrew his asylum in its embassy. The US authorities have also now specified the charge that Assange will face if the extradition proceeds. That charge relates directly to the leaking of documents by whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

As investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald notes, the US indictment amounts to “the criminalization of journalism”. Greenwald says it is a “huge attack on press freedom”. One that could affect media outlets around the world.

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