The media took their distance when WikiLeaks, in 2011, published in extenso some of the documents on which they had worked, without removing them from potentially sensitive information. The defense of the Australian recalled at length on Tuesday the exact conditions under which this publication took place.
The accusations of espionage, which directly target the publication of information of public interest, in this case the secret documents of the army and of American diplomacy in 2010, brought the media back to his camp. The New York Times and the Guardian, who have been very critical of it in recent years, have strongly denounced these accusations. “Mr. Assange is not a hero, but his affair poses a threat to freedom of expression, and in so doing, the very resilience of American democracy,” according to the New York Times. His British counterpart wrote to him that he “should be protected from American extradition in a case that is shaking the foundations of freedom and democracy in both the United Kingdom and the United States”.
In our last editorial you can read here, we wrote that “Extraditing Julian Assange would be tantamount to spying on any publication of secret documents from the United States. It would be a terrible setback for democracy.”