Originally Posted by BK_123
I do that he was done is completely wrong, Some of the things that have come out. Why won't the government shutdown wiki leaks, I've watched a video on it a while back and apparently they will keep moving there files from server to server to prevent it from happening.
Might I point you to: New York Times Co. v. United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Whether you agree with them or not, wikileaks is a press outlet. It's fairly disturbing how many people seem to be okay with the notion of the government just shutting it down. You see, freedom of the press is considered to be near absolute in America. The only significant restrictions apply to things like libel and endangerment, and are very rarely enforced. If you look at that case I posted above, it's already made clear that the freedom of the press includes the freedom to publish previously classified information. Doing otherwise would suddenly make it illegal to report about any sort of government coverup (example, the current NSA thing.) This would effectively give the government absolute power to deceive its citizens, since it'd be illegal to report the truth. Look at how China does things. That's because they don't have these limits in place. I'm trying to avoid the slippery slope argument as much as possible here, but that would be the perfect example of why these freedoms exist.
Please think these things through, people. I don't like type of indiscriminate leaking wikileaks does either, but it'd be a massive failure of both constitutional law and the American people's rights if the government were to just kill it somehow.
Regarding the charges in sweden, I really have no comment. Assange is a very political figure, so it'd be unlikely he'd ever get an impartial trial. On the other hand, I still think he should somehow be tried for that, since it'd be pretty disgusting if the allegations are true and he's just given a free pass because of unrelated activities. But overall, I don't know enough about the situation to make a clear statement one way or the other.