Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept, told Hill.TV that the Justice Department’s new indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeTrump administration mulled kidnapping, assassinating Julian Assange: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats stare down 'hell' week Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 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 ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on 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.