Glenn Greenwald calls charges against Assange a threat to journalistic freedoms

Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept, told Hill.TV that the Justice Department’s new indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeAi Weiwei stages silent protest against Assange extradition Psychiatrist says Assange told him he was hearing imaginary voices, music Assange extradition hearing delayed over coronavirus concerns MORE is an attempt to criminalize press freedoms such as source protection.

Greenwald said the indictment alleges that Assange — who famously leaked hacked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonValadao unseats Cox in election rematch Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work MORE emails during the 2016 presidential campaign — helped a source evade detection.

“Every journalist in the country does that,” Greenwald said. “It’s not just the right of a journalist, it's the duty of a journalist to help their source not get caught. That’s called source protection.”

The indictment against Assange alleges he intentionally recruited and conspired with hackers affiliated with groups “LulzSec” and “Anonymous” to target and publish sensitive information. It does not add any new charges to the 18 brought against Assange last year, but expands their scope.