The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London followed by the unsealing of his indictment and requested extradition by the U.S. government have given rise to a frenzied debate among advocates of the Free Press and First Amendment guarantees.
But conservative media critics cited by this online international newspaper and the Free Press Foundation said that the American Free Press had long been fatally compromised by partisan media monopolies.
A summary report on the reaction to Assange’s arrest by the Guardian quoted the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and Micah Lee who warned that Assange’s indictment “poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world.”
Longtime Assange lawyer Barry Pollack charged that the “factual allegations … boil down to encouraging a source to provide him information and taking efforts to protect the identity of that source. Journalists around the world should be deeply troubled by these unprecedented criminal charges.”