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the twelfth doctor giving advice about the weeping angels
1) Honest to god I thought this was going to be about Julian Assange.
2) I just watched Lair of the White Worm last night. How he’s changed.
The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting U.S. news organizations and journalists, according to U.S. officials.
So things are looking up for the guy in the Ecuadoran Embassy.
Sure it has. SUUUUUUUURE it has.
On tonight’s episode of “Julian Assange is the most adorable man ever..”
look at Jacob checking out the goods
I’m not gonna slut-shame him. Who wouldn’t?
Julian checking out your blog.
P.S. Jesus <3 Wikileaks
Julian Assange vs Benedict Cumberbatch
White people can’t dance. Except for comedy.
Congressional Research Service White Paper On The Situational Validity, Efficacy Et Al Of The Criminal Laws Used For Prosecuting, Extraditing Assange, Snowden, Manning
Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information (PDF)
Jennifer K. Elsea
June 24, 2013
Congressional Research Service
The publication of classified information related to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activity is the latest in a series of leaks to the press that has riveted Congress’s attention. Press reports describing classified U.S. operations abroad have led to calls from Congress for an investigation into the source of the leaks, and Attorney General Holder appointed two special prosecutors to look into the matter. The online publication of classified defense documents and diplomatic cables by the organization WikiLeaks and subsequent reporting by the New York Times and other news media had already focused attention on whether such publication violates U.S. criminal law. The suspected source of the WikiLeaks material, Army Private Bradley Manning, has been charged with a number of offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), including aiding the enemy, while a grand jury in Virginia is deciding whether to indict any civilians in connection with the disclosure.
A number of other cases involving charges under the Espionage Act, including efforts to extradite Edward Snowden in connection with the leak of NSA documents pertaining to certain surveillance programs, demonstrate the Obama Administration’s relatively hardline policy with respect to the prosecution of persons suspected of leaking classified information to the media.
This report identifies some criminal statutes that may apply to the publication of classified defense information, noting that these have been used almost exclusively to prosecute individuals with access to classified information (and a corresponding obligation to protect it) who make it available to foreign agents, or to foreign agents who obtain classified information unlawfully while present in the United States. (emphasis mine)
While prosecutions appear to be on the rise, leaks of classified information to the press have relatively infrequently been punished as crimes, and we are aware of no case in which a publisher of information obtained through unauthorized disclosure by a government employee has been prosecuted for publishing it. There may be First Amendment implications that would make such a prosecution difficult, not to mention political ramifications based on concerns about government censorship…
I’d be surprised if there isn’t any Assange/Snowden fic yet
There is, and I know who’s writing it.
MUST WATCH/Reblog/Retweet: Julian Assange talks about the NSA, Edward Snowden and what The Wikileaks Party can do for Australia. Click the photo to watch video.
"We might think that the Internet is a place where we are all equals and we all communicate. It is a new civilian world, a new world where we can develop our ideas and understandings of how planet earth actual works. Where in some sense we are all equal because we can all communicate to everyone. They may not want to listen… but if they do they can send it to anyone. But it is not an equal place. This week’s revelations have proven that it is very far from an equal place, and it is very far from a civilian place.
The Internet has been transformed into a militarily occupied state. When all of our private communications, heart felt, the inner core of our life, communications between boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, sons and daughters; between business partners, even between bureaucracies and states… when all those communications are swept up, hovered up into a vast collection apparatus, indexed and stored for all time available only to a select few… then we are in the situation where we have a tank on the street of the inner core of our lives, where we have a soldier under our bed listening to everything that a husband and wife says to one another when they are communicating by email or sms.
The penetration of the digital on civilian life is also the penetration of the military and intelligence agencies of civilian life.”
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