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Eli Lake

Is Assange a Journalist? It Depends What Year You Ask

The data dump in 2010 had many markers of public-interest reporting. Some of WikiLeaks’s more recent actions clearly don’t.

Why is Julian Assange being charged for one of his most defensible actions?

Why is Julian Assange being charged for one of his most defensible actions?

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As Julian Assange awaits his extradition hearing in the U.K., the debate over what to call him and his organization, WikiLeaks, is once again important.

Depending on who is speaking, Assange is either a publisher, a hacker or the head of a hostile intelligence service. It can all be a bit confusing.