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Buffs4Ever

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Here's how the NYT explains the computer break-in charges:


From yesterday, April 11:
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The indictment unsealed Thursday, however, revealed that prosecutors in Northern Virginia had not charged Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act for publishing government secrets. Instead, they charged him with conspiring to commit unlawful computer intrusion based on his alleged agreement to try to help Ms. Manning break an encoded portion of passcode that would have permitted her to log on to a classified military network under another user’s identity.

Because traditional journalistic activity does not extend to helping a source break a code to gain illicit access to a classified network, the charge appeared to be an attempt by prosecutors to sidestep the potential First Amendment minefield of treating the act of publishing information as a crime. Nevertheless, journalists should still be worried, said Barry Pollack, a lawyer for Mr. Assange."
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Not sure if Ellsberg's charges extended to help his sources break a code to gain illicit access to a classified network, but I'll try to do some more research on it. -- B4E

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Posted: 04/12/2019 at 3:31PM



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