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long before his arrest in London on Thursday Julie the sergeants organization wikileaks were branded as villains by the US government it puts people's lives in danger it puts at risk our national security time to call out we Gillick's for what it really is a non state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia in twenty ten assigns made global headlines when wikileaks disclosed classified U. S. military documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and diplomatic cables embarrassing to US allies but what American prosecutors on Thursday demanded a son to be extradited to the U. S. to face justice some were surprised to see he was indicted only on a single criminal charge Rogers legal correspondent Nathan lane they're charging him with a conspiracy to hack into the computer systems to access classified information it's not even clear whether the hacking was successful indictment is a little bit wishy washy on whether or not that conspiracy or that hack actually lead to receiving documents or not that's a little bit unclear but what is clear is that the main charge here is a computer fraud charges former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea manning provided a sons with reams of classified material but publishing classified material is arguably an active journalism and protected by the US constitution this sets a dangerous precedent for all media organizations and journalists in Europe and elsewhere around the world focusing on hacking it may be a way for prosecutors to avoid the thorny issue of press freedoms the charges very narrowly define it's focused on the computer hack legal experts are generally agree as a journalist is not going to tell or help that source hack into computers to get that if , that being said you know there's all these sorts of important pieces of information that the public would not have known about if journalists had not access them through sources %HESITATION sources that may have got that information legally or may I got that information illegally so I think there's a gray area that's being addressed with this indictment aside just expected to fight the extradition request a process some legal experts say it can take years to resolve