Assange: An Enemy of the State?

THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States – the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.

Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with “communicating with the enemy”, a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.
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Obama Administration Issues WikiLeaks Executive Order….

By executive order, President Obama will instruct federal agencies today to better safeguard their classified secrets, to set up internal audit systems, and to make sure that reluctance to share critical intelligence in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks exposure does not hamper collaboration across agencies.

The so-called “WikiLeaks” executive order has been long awaited by the national security establishment and by the privacy and civil liberties communities. It was provided by the White House to National Journal. The order creates a government-wide steering committee to create and assess information sharing policies across the government, as well as a mechanism to determine whether internal auditing procedures work properly.

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One of my doc students, a recovering lawyer named Jon Peters, recently published a most interesting piece in the Harvard Law & Policy Review on Wikileaks, the First Amendment and the Press.

Now Forbes has picked it up as well…and Wikileaks itself tweeted it….and the rest, as they say, is history. Jon, you’re a media law rock star!

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