Overview: USA vs Assange
Julian Assange faces extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States, where he has been indicted on 18 counts for obtaining, possessing, conspiring to publish and for publishing classified information. The indictment contains 17 counts under the Espionage Act of 1917 and one charge of conspiring with a source to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which uses Espionage Act language. This is the first ever use of such charges for the publication of truthful information in the public interest, and it represents a gravely dangerous attempt to criminalise journalist-source communications and the publication by journalists of classified information.
Here are key resources to learn more about the background and details of the case, from close readings of the U.S. indictment to the implications for press freedom to courtroom reports from the legal proceedings thus far. Click a link at left to jump to a section below.