Whether it’s FBI “spying,” Assange’s “journalism,” or the right pronoun, you can’t know the truth, if you don’t speak the truth.

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  1. Thatcher

    I’m not sympathetic towards Julian Assange.

    But I’m troubled by a few things about this.

    First, he’s not an American citizen, and whatever espionage he committed — and presently he’s not being charged with that — was not on American soil. Technically, he’s not betraying his own country. (Counter-argument: Technically he’s not, but the nations he has primarily resided in depend heavily on the United States for their defense. What hurts the United States military and intelligence agencies hurts those countries. His citizenship includes Australia, and he’s lived in Sweden. That’s an argument for prosecution in those countries.)

    Second, Andrew argues that Assange was violating some important journalism ethics by outing our intelligence agents and therefore placing them in danger. I agree. Yet, what would almost certainly get him prosecuted in Great Britain, would not get him prosecuted in the United States. If the New York Times had done the same thing, there’s strong evidence that the journalists involved would not have been prosecuted. Since the Pentagon Papers, the legal protections afforded journalists in the United States has been way over the top.

    And in the end, what are they charging him with? Computer fraud. Not espionage, not harming an intelligene asset — maybe getting someone killed, tortured or both — but computer fraud.

    What a weenie charge. It has the effect of trivializing what he has done. No wonder our enemies don’t fear us.

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    • April 12, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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  2. Listener

     Mr. Klavan. Especially helpful show today, and I’m personally grateful . I’m responsible to not just stand-up for what is important to myself but for what is right in the tradition of judeo-christian law/ethics rather than the subjective man-centered graeco-roman system the enlightenment thinkers chose.

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    • April 13, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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  3. Listener

    btw, I’m using your thoughts on todays topics in developing some edu stuff on law/civic, I will e-mail you if someone will greenlight,ok? Thanks! et carter

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    • April 13, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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