Joe Lauria discusses the latest with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Manning has finally been released after a year in jail for contempt of court after refusing to testify against Assange in his extradition trial. Assange is still being held while his trial in Britain is underway. The trial will determine whether he will be extradited to the United States to face charges under the espionage act, which Lauria says are totally outrageous. As far as he can tell, what Assange did with the information provided to WikiLeaks by Manning and others is no different from what news outlets like the New York Times do. This is a dangerous precedent for publishers, and principled journalists everywhere should be flocking to Assange’s side.

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Joe Lauria is the editor-in-chief at Consortium News. He is a former UN correspondent and wrote at the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @unjoe.

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