It is the end of national security journalism and the first amendment.”This is madness. Mr Assange was secretly indicted in March 2018 in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on a charge of conspiring to commit unlawful computer intrusion. Mr Assange was arrested in London in April after being dragged out of the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had resided for years to avoid capture. The US has asked the UK to extradite Mr Assange, who is fighting it. The Obama administration considered charging Mr Assange under the espionage act but never did out of concerns that such a case could chill traditional journalism.
Source: The Irish Times May 23, 2019 20:47 UTC