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Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday. (AP photo)
Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday. (AP photo)

Commentary: If Julian Assange encouraged leaks, so what?

Can Assange be lawfully prosecuted for somehow facilitating illegal theft of classified information? Or is the organization he founded, WikiLeaks, protected by the First Amendment when it publishes documents supplied by others, like the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers?

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