Glenn Greenwald: Trump's DOJ Prosecuting WikiLeaks and Julian Assange Threatens Press Freedoms for All

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Glenn Greenwald: Trump's DOJ Prosecuting WikiLeaks and Julian Assange Threatens Press Freedoms for All

'The key point here to understand is the way in which governments typically try to abridge core freedoms,' says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald talks with Democracy Now! following reports the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald responds to reports that the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed the report at a news conference Thursday.

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Last week, CIA chief Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks as a "hostile intelligence service," in a stark reversal from his previous praise for the group. Pompeo made the remarks last week at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in his first public address as CIA director. Pompeo went on to accuse WikiLeaks of instructing Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to steal information. He also likened Julian Assange to a "demon" and suggested Assange is not protected under the First Amendment. It’s been nearly five years since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorean Embassy in London seeking political asylum, fearing a Swedish arrest warrant could lead to his extradition to the United States.

Greenwald’s story for The Intercept is "Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms."

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