By Dr Leon Tressell
1) Julian Assange has committed no crime. He received classified information from a source and then published it. Assange and the WikiLeaks team always go to great lengths to verify the authenticity of the information they receive. Mainstream journalists do this all the time.
Assange’s source, Chelsea Manning, admitted at her own trial that she acted on her own volition to download classified documents for which she had security clearance to do so. Manning made it clear that she did not receive assistance from Julian Assange to obtain the Iraq War logs and other classified documents as his assistance was not required.In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to two journalists this year the chairwoman of the awarding committee stated: “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda.’’
Julian Assange has done more than any other journalist to expose…
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