The US is planning to file criminal charges against Julian Assange for his role in releasing classified data, reports David J Lynch of the Financial Times. He infers that Wikileaks and Assange leaked compromising documents that have heavily focused on the US government, most recently about CIA hacking practices and emails written by Democrats during last year’s election. CIA director Mike Pompeo called the organization a “hostile intelligence service,” claiming that it worked with foreign nations to undermine the US. Assange’s role in these activities means that he is the US government’s prime target for prosecution, writes Lynch.
Julian Assange has upheld journalistic values by revealing crimes committed by powerful entities, argues Mark Weisbrot of Common Dreams. He suggests that Assange should be praised for shedding light on the crimes committed in the Middle East by America and its allies. The US is punishing him for having exposed its misdeeds, which should be considered outstanding journalism, according to Weisbrot. In his view, Assange has helped maintain human rights by making governments accountable for their actions. His example should be followed by others to keep governmental power in check, asserts Weisbrot.