Julian Assange, WikiLeaks case arrive in Alexandria
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Prosecutors are working toward building a case against the WikiLeaks founder, whose website has leaked secret State Department cables revealing an unfiltered view of U.S. diplomacy and nuclear concerns.
The case against Assange is just one in a surge of criminal cases involving leaks of government secrets currently sought by the Obama administration.
“For people who are concerned about freedom of the press, access to national security information, it’s a worrisome development,” says Steve Aftergood, who writes for the blog Secrecy News, and has been following five separate prosecutions.
“Leaks serve a very valuable function as a kind of safety valve,” he adds. “They help us to get out the information that otherwise would be stuck.”
Assange received the Australian Peace Prize for "exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights," on Tuesday, from the Sydney Peace Foundation.
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