Espionage Act Presents Challenges for WikiLeaks Indictment

ABC News

As the U.S. Justice Department crafts a legal case against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange for the publication of thousands of secret government cables, legal experts are warning that anyindictment under the Espionage Act may also implicate the news media — and Americans who’ve read the cables or shared them with their friends.

The World War I-era law is broadly written and criminalizes anyone who possesses or transmits any "information relating to the national defense" which an individual has "reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation." 


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