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Dershowitz: ‘No Constitutional Difference’ Between WikiLeaks And New York Times

by Allum Bokhari

In a column for The Hilllawyer and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz argues that on the basis of current evidence, prosecuting WikiLeaks for the publication of Chelsea Manning’s leaks would not be constitutionally different to prosecuting The New York Times for publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Dershowitz writes:

If the New York Times, in 1971, could lawfully publish the Pentagon Papers knowing they included classified documents stolen by Rand Corporation military analyst Daniel Ellsberg from our federal government, then indeed WikiLeaks was entitled, under the First Amendment, to publish classified material that Assange knew was stolen by former United States Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning from our federal government.

Dershowitz, who has been a scathing critic of the Democrat efforts to impeach Trump over bogus “Russian collusion” allegations, said the current case against Assange is “factually weak.”

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