Wikileaks: Espionage or First Amendment 101?

By Emily Williams
The Lynchburg Times

The Wikileaks fiasco has politicians, journalists and academics across the nation reexamining how they define espionage and First Amendment rights. The Lynchburg Times is on a quest to bring you as many sides of the story as possible, with special attention to local voices.

On Tuesday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London in relation to sex crime allegations in Sweden. He is currently being held in Wadsworth Prison without bail until December 14.

Now that Assange is in custody, there is a possibility that he could be extradited to the United States, should the Justice Department find enough grounds to convince Sweden that his actions were criminal.

“As distasteful as the release of this information is, Assange is not criminally liable,” said Mathew Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law and founder of the Liberty Council in a phone interview Wednesday.



  1. Espionage… Fine line between knowing something to be true and telling (or not telling) it! Just because it’s true, doesn’t mean it needs to be said!

  2. Whether its distasteful or not, prosecuting a guy for something he has done which is not against the law but that is unpopular is unconstitutional. Don’t give me cra* about the rape story, lets be honost here, its a poor ploy to get him out of the picture.

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