Today's Date: August 5, 2021
Karma and Luck Celebrates Childhood Curiosity and Spirituality with First-Ever Children's Collection   •   HITN, Teachley and Sirius Thinking to Produce Game-Changing Narratives for Bilingual Math Education   •   Jeunesse Awarded 7 Globee Awards in 2021 Golden Bridge Competition   •   Regions Next Step Expands Financial Wellness Offerings for Students via iGrad and WeAreTeachers Platforms   •   Pacific Airshow Amps Up the Thrills with New Afterburner Music Festival   •   New agreement to strengthen the early learningand child care system in Quebec   •   13th Floor Entertainment Group Brings Haunted House Thrills to The Old Joliet Haunted Prison   •   5W Public Relations Continues Expansion of Parent, Child, & Baby PR Practice Area   •   Vericast Back-to-School Survey Finds Parents Eager to Spend   •   Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation Drives Over 180,000 Miles to Deliver Medical Cannabis Across Texas   •   For First Time in TV History, Combate Global Knocks Out the UFC Competition   •   SYNLawn® Hosts Hundreds of Guests at "Farmers on the Green" STEM Educational Event at Boys and Girls Club of Harlem   •   Jimmy Placa of Davion Inc. Wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 New Jersey Award   •   General Assembly Pizza Launches New Website, Expanded eCommerce Offerings   •   Greenwood Launches Greenwood Studio to Produce Finance and Business Shows and Podcasts for Black and Latino Audience   •   Open Mortgage Appoints Windi Gerber as Senior Vice President of Human Resources   •   Ottawa Public Library - Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility named Ādisōke by Anishinābe Algonquin Nation   •   New Amsterdam FC Announces Hofstra Soccer Stadium As Home Venue For Fall 2021 Season   •   Government of Canada announces support for the Canol Trail History Project   •   myLifeSite Hires VP of Sales as B2B Product Portfolio Grows
Bookmark and Share

ACLU: Prosecuting WikiLeaks Could Violate Constitution


NEW YORK - According to news reports, the government is looking into whether it could prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for publishing classified government documents he obtained from a third party. WikiLeaks, along with multiple news outlets, published thousands of pages of U.S. diplomatic cables on Sunday. The American Civil Liberties Union said that prosecuting WikiLeaks would have serious First Amendment implications.

The following can be attributed to Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project:

"We're deeply skeptical that prosecuting WikiLeaks would be constitutional, or a good idea. The courts have made clear that the First Amendment protects independent third parties who publish classified information. Prosecuting WikiLeaks would be no different from prosecuting the media outlets that also published classified documents. If newspapers could be held criminally liable for publishing leaked information about government practices, we might never have found out about the CIA's secret prisons or the government spying on innocent Americans. Prosecuting publishers of classified information threatens investigative journalism that is necessary to an informed public debate about government conduct, and that is an unthinkable outcome.

"The broader lesson of the WikiLeaks phenomenon is that President Obama should recommit to the ideals of transparency he invoked at the beginning of his presidency. The American public should not have to depend on leaks to the news media and on whistleblowers to know what the government is up to."


The ACLU conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


STORY TAGS: GENERAL, BLACKS, AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINO, HISPANIC, MINORITIES, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News