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Daily Beast: WikiLeaks Declares War on The Intercept
The FBI says a reporter led them to an NSA leaker. Julian Assange says that person, whom he suspects is an Intercept reporter, is a "menace" to sources, journalists, and democracy.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told The Daily Beast he holds reporters—not just the Trump administration—responsible for the arrest of a U.S. intelligence contractor charged with leaking classified information.
On Monday, the Justice Department said Reality Winner, a 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor, sent top secret information to a news outlet. The announcement came shortly after The Intercept published a series of NSA documents claiming that Russian hackers targeted a voting-software supplier and local election officials just prior to Election Day.
According to the affidavit, reporters for the unnamed news organization provided a copy of the printed NSA report to the agency in order to seek comment. The NSA claimed six people had printed out the report including Winner, who the agency said had been in contact with an unnamed news outlet.
“If the FBI affidavit is accurate the reporter concerned must be named, shamed and fired by whomever they work for to maintain industry standards,” Assange said via Twitter direct message through the WikiLeaks account on Tuesday.
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Update #1: WikiLeaks offers $10,000 to get Intercept reporter fired (The Hill)
Update #2: Charges show peril for leakers, journalists alike (Politico)
WNU Editor: The Intercept definitely did not take the precautions that they should have .... and now the arrested leaker (Reality Winter) is facing years in prison. And while there are some in the media who are wondering if Reality Winter is a case that the Trump administration should proceed first when it comes to prosecuting leakers .... War on Leakers Is Off to a Bad Start for Trump (Noah Feldman, Bloomberg) ... my view is that it makes no difference .... the law is the law, and she is the first one who has been caught. And if convicted .... always remember that rule (and I am quoting a friend who has been in prison) .... "if you want to commit the crime, always be prepared to do the time".