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Who's Worse—Julian Assange or the New York Times and Washington Post?
By Roger L. Simon April 11, 2019

The arrest of Julian Assange by British authorities was met with nearly unanimous hosannas by U.S. politicians who gave their requisite soundbites cum gravitas on Capitol Hill Thursday. The self-styled journalist, they almost all said, should be extradited to the U.S. as quickly as possible to face the proverbial music for having exposed state secrets of our country — or at least the Democratic Party.  Well, not exactly that — more accurately for having conspired with former U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to download classified databases, a legal distinction.

Ironically, not a peep has been heard from the same people (or almost anybody for that matter) thus far about another recent egregious misuse of journalism that resulted not in arrests but in the awarding of its most famous prize, the Pulitzer. As Beth Baumann noted for Townhall:

    Let's not forget that The Washington Post and The New York Times won the 2018 Pultizer Prize for their national reporting of President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia. They were awarded $15,000 in a joint prize.

    The "award winning" journalists include Maggie Haberman, Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Mark Mazetti from The Times and Rosalind Helderman, Tom Hamburger, Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entous and Greg Miller from WaPo.

    They received the award "For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration. (The New York Times entry, submitted in this category, was moved into contention by the Board and then jointly awarded the Prize.)"

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The indictment against Assange that was just unsealed was he helped Bradley Manning hack a password, so he was a thief in addition to being a publisher.  That makes him even worse than the NYT and WaPo.
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I don't judge them as much different.  Any person or group of persons who willfully publish/air classified documents is guilty of a crime.
Because Dems were in power at the time or Republicans makes no difference.  If you aid and abet a person who stole classified documents, you share a lot of the guilt and prospective punishment.

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I expect this will be a point made in a trial, should Assange ever come to trial here.
Cui bono?

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