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 AssangeGlenn Greenwald calls charges against Assange a threat to journalistic freedoms Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology Justice Department announces superseding indictment against Wikileaks' Assange 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 ClintonBiden leads Trump in Florida, tied in Arizona and Texas: poll We haven't seen how low it can go There's a big blue wave coming 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.