They allowed British police to remove Assange, forcibly, on Thursday morning. Assange could face extradition to Sweden where prosecutors may reopen an investigation into rape allegations made against him. Assange’s proponents have painted him as a free speech hero . They have cast his persecution as an affront to the First Amendment .
They have even questioned whether his potential prosecution spells trouble for journalism . Ben Wizner, a director at the American Civil Liberties Union, said trying Assange “would be unprecedented and unconstitutional and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. Assange’s arrest has little to do with the First Amendment. He has been charged with conspiracy to hack computers under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
If you do the crime, you had better be prepared to do the time.
You may reach Robert Hackett via Twitter , Cryptocat , Jabber , PGP encrypted email , Wickr , Signal , or however you prefer. The judge delayed his ruling, and Zhang will be arraigned again at the start of the week. Supposedly unrelated yet highly coincidental, Randolph “Tex” Alles, director of the Secret Service, the agency responsible for protecting the president, is being replaced . There is no way to opt out of the eavesdropping program.
In response to a string of package thefts, Amazon has partnered with police officers on sting operations that involve rigging shipments with GPS device trackers, reports Motherboard . Also, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chairman, CEO president, is meeting with federal prosecutors in New York as attorneys look into allegations that Saudi Arabia gained unauthorized access to his personal electronic devices, reports CNN . The founder of Silk Road 2, a dark web marketplace that promptly sprouted up after law enforcement took down the first Silk Road, has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
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