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U.S. Government Begins Hearings on WikiLeaks

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Posted on May 11, 2011
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A grand jury is reported to have convened recently with the goal of determining whether Julian Assange and WikiLeaks should be prosecuted for acts of espionage against the U.S. government.

The hearings are expected to determine whether Assange and WikiLeaks can be accused of violating the Espionage Act, which would require the ability to show that they had actively encouraged or assisted in the transmission of classified information, The Guardian reports. —ARK

The Guardian:

The first session of the grand jury is understood to have begun in Alexandria, Virginia, with the forced testimony of a man from Boston, Masachusetts. The unidentified man was subpoenad to appear before the panel.

... It [a subpoena] said the hearing was investigating “possible violations of federal criminal law involving, but not necessarily limited to, conspiracy to communicate or transmit national defence information in violation of” the Espionage Act.

... The Espionage Act has never been applied successfully against a non-government party, and to have a reasonable chance of prosecuting Assange or WikiLeaks as an organisation, the authorities would need to be able to prove to the satisfaction of a jury that they had actively encouraged or assisted the source of the leaks to transmit unauthorised material.

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By surfnow, May 12, 2011 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

Honor and obscenely enrich all those who lie us into war for profit that kill millions and wreck our economy, but demonize anyone who dares to tell the truth about it. Isn’t Amerika great.

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By sallysense, May 12, 2011 at 6:34 am Link to this comment

(for wikileaks and the u.s.a.!)...

in a land where a country’s high leaders lay claim…
united states people stand feeling close pain…
their ears hear those big shots come up with excuses…
but a quick look around soon reveals where the truth is!...

from vacant lot store fronts to more soldiers’ graves…
home planted sale signs hide mailbox names!...
college loan paybacks tack federal debt…
while industrial workers learn of layoffs they’ll get!...

from stress-filled environments to lone chilly rooms…
paycheck to paycheck can’t face future doom!...
already our seniors and jobless and ill…
view less options left with so few dollar bills!...

this is our country folks!... see for yourselves!...
the majority are us and most everyone else!...
struggling with hardships under all those in charge!...
as governmental misbehavior runs rampant at large!...

why is it our leaders dislike these truths shown?...
is it not we the people who deserve rights to know?!...
when did government’s first duty become serving the government?!...
and not justly the people for whom they were sent!...

how can leaders say ‘patriot’ means being patriotic to them?...
when they won’t play by the rules a constitution defends!...
instead it is them who lack the patriotism…
to stop their own underhand tactics which bring further bad things!...

and how can leaders use terrorism as an overall reason?...
to keep their own bully methods hidden somewhere in secret?!...
they intimidate unfairly to sway public opinion…
and steer clear of truth needed to fix dilemmas we’re in!...

this is our country folks!... see for yourselves!...
the majority are us and most everyone else!...
struggling with hardships under all those in charge!...
as governmental misbehavior runs rampant at large!...

how can government’s deception be the best way to rule?...
when that curve of its wrist bends most fair and square tools!...
hence without accountability it’ll feed a free-for-all!...
as our country’s representatives wheel and deal above the law!...

it’s no surprise that the government abhors wikileaks!...
truth might hinder officials from doing as they please!...
and make it more difficult to reassure u.s. citizens…
not to fret government’s business and leave it all up to them!...

but we must tend to our nation and future well-being!...
to end unjust procedures and the policies we’re seeing!...
they insist we believe in things proven untrue!...
now we need these disclosures to help build anew!...       

this is our country folks!... see for yourselves!...
the majority are us and most everyone else!...
struggling with hardships under all those in charge!...
as governmental misbehavior runs rampant at large!...

in full support of the truth being exposed!... in full support of wikileaks!...

“let facts be submitted to a candid world”... (from the united states “declaration of independence”)...

the best of wishes’n'ways’n'todays for fair’n'square and caring!... and for saving human lives and resources and the truth and more!... smile

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By Jim Yell, May 12, 2011 at 5:52 am Link to this comment
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We should have Freedom of the Press and speech. The government is getting the vapors because their worse behavior is now a matter of public domain.

Of course that is the way it should be in a Democracy, if we lived in a Democracy. Assange is not a citizen of the US, nor even a resident. The charges are stupid, but then our government is increasingly bought and paid for and that is stupid too.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment

diamond, May 11 at 9:01 pm
THX1133 Assange has just received a peace medal for his
services to peace and journalism.
=================================
Thanks for the heads up on that.
I wish they’d take O’s Nobel and give it to Assange.
Cheers…

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By Virginia777, May 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment

oh yeah, they don’t care for Wikileaks.

So what, they are going to persecute Assange now?

Cowards.

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By gerard, May 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment

Ssems like the government is set on getting the meat-grinder fired up to try to grind up the people that dared to air the truth about their bribes, lies, international arm-twisting, and conspiracies against the public good. If they were halfway smart, they’d welcome the leaks, support freedom of information, clean up their act and move on. Persecution is nothing but knee-jerk reaction, short on intelligence and long on the cruel machinery of mindless power.

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By diamond, May 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment

THX1133 Assange has just received a peace medal for his services to peace and journalism. By the time the Fascists get their act together they’ll be putting Gandhi on trial. Not that they’ll ever get him extradited: unless they just kidnap him and send him to Guantanamo. Now that’s something that will get that hellhole closed so fast Obama’s head will spin. Assange should have got the Nobel Peace Prize, too.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

There has been very little news in the past few weeks
regarding Assange; what’s up?
I hope Manning is being well treated since his move to
a regular prison.
And so it goes; it’s all so Fahrenheit 451, no?

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By berniem, May 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

And while this is going on, the feds are also after Lance Armstrong failing to have “gotten” Barry Bonds. Meanwhile, bush, cheney, rumsfeld, and a myriad of white collar criminals remain at large and continue to prosper at our expense! Shame, Obama, but you may be actually worse than your predecessors!

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