I thought I would start this thread with what I suspect will be a very controversial case. That of Julian Assange. Mind you, I am no fan of Assange. I think he very much helped Trump get elected in 2016, and as most of you know, I am no fan of Trump. Still, I think he has a valid argument that what he engaged in was journalism. At least in regards to violation of the Espionage Act. Protecting the rights of journalists is always hardest when said journalists have a different ideological agenda than your own.
I am a little more open to the charge of "computer intrusion" as their may be legitimate privacy concerns there.
I am hoping that this thread is not confined to the Assange case, but will include other cases as well. Nor should it be confined to cases involving only the United States.
To start the thread:
Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange
(Courthouse News) — Swedish prosecutors on Tuesday said they are dropping a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who could face extradition to the United States for his involvement in exposing alleged war crimes committed by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Swedish prosecutors said the investigation was dropped because the evidence against Assange has become “weakened” by the lapse of time since the alleged rape and molestation took place in August 2010.
In the United States he faces a charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and violating the Espionage Act. If convicted, he could face decades in prison.
A hero to many free-speech advocates, the Australian-born internet activist has long been viewed as a scourge by U.S. officials. His nonprofit WikiLeaks was behind the release of millions of pages of documents related to U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, detentions at Guantánamo Bay, and Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The U.S. indictment alleges that Assange conspired in March 2010 with Chelsea Manning, who at the time was an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army, to leak secret documents.