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Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange, as a Journalist, Can’t Be Tried Under Espionage Act

    Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange, as a Journalist, Can’t Be Tried Under Espionage Act

In an interview with Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says the Espionage Act, under which he was indicted, cannot apply to Julian Assange because he is a journalist.  Speaking during an online vigil for Assange organized by Unity4J.com, Ellsberg told Lauria that the motive for U.S. leaders to protect their secrets…

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Reality Winner’s Sentence Celebrated as Longest Ever for Unauthorized Disclosure

    Reality Winner’s Sentence Celebrated as Longest Ever for Unauthorized Disclosure

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to five years and three months in prison at a federal courthouse in Augusta, Georgia. It was part of a plea agreement approved by the court, where Winner admitted she disclosed classified information in violation of the Espionage Act. Winner will be incarcerated at Federal Medical…

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Reality Winner to Sign Plea Deal on Espionage Charge

    Reality Winner to Sign Plea Deal on Espionage Charge

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA — Reality Leigh Winner — a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and linguist, and the first person to be charged with violating the Espionage Act on President Donald Trump’s watch — has signed a plea agreement, according to the Courage Foundation. Her plea hearing has been scheduled for the morning of Tuesday,…

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The Impact of America’s Wars on Freedoms and Democracy at Home

    The Impact of America’s Wars on Freedoms and Democracy at Home

MINNEAPOLIS – Despite concern that the United States will soon find itself in a major war that could have global consequences, many Americans are uninterested in that eventuality as shown by the minimal attention major geopolitical events, like the recent bombing of Syria or the 17-year-long occupation of Afghanistan, receive compared to the President’s alleged…

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Navy Sailor’s Pardon Highlights Two-Tiered Justice System for Leaks

  Navy Sailor’s Pardon Highlights Two-Tiered Justice System for Leaks

President Donald Trump pardoned Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act after he took photos with his cell phone of a “nuclear attack submarine.” He also destroyed evidence after FBI and NCIS agents interrogated him. Trump’s motive for issuing a pardon for “unauthorized retention of defense information” stemmed from a…

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