US Faces 1st Amendment Hurdle In WikiLeaks Case

Law360, New York (August 15, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government's attempts to mount a criminal case against WikiLeaks over its dissemination of diplomatic cables and war documents could prove tough if the courts view the controversial whistleblower website as a media organization protected by the First Amendment, attorneys say.

A government criminal probe of WikiLeaks was confirmed in December, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announcing that federal authorities were investigating whether the organization's founder, Julian Assange, could be charged under the Espionage Act of 1917.

The revelation came several months after WikiLeaks...
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