U.S. Judge Upholds Free Speech Right for Publishers

U.S. Judge Upholds Free Speech Right for Publishers

A DNC lawsuit against Wikileaks, Mr. Assange, The Trump Campaign, Trump Jr., Manafort, Kushner, Papadopoulos, Russia, and others has been thrown out by Federal Judge John G. Koeltl in the US Southern District of New York. Amongst the Judge’s comments in his decision:

“The DNC has now had three chances to plead a viable complaint and it is not clear how the DNC could plead around the fundamental defects in the current complaint.”

“If Wikileaks could be held liable for publishing documents concerning the DNC’s political financial and voter-engagement strategies simply because the DNC labels them ‘secret’ and trade secrets, then so could any newspaper or other media outlet.”

“The First Amendment prevents such liability in the same way it would preclude liability for press outlets that publish materials of public interest despite defects in the way the materials were obtained so long as the disseminator did not participate in any wrongdoing in obtaining the materials in the first place.”

“A person is entitled to publish stolen documents that the publisher requested from a source so long as the publisher did not participate in the theft.”

Although this is an important pause down the slippery slope of American human rights losses, few actual perpetrators have been held accountable for the alleged crimes and abuses suggested by the many files that have been leaked by wikileaks; even at this stop, attacks on Free Speech continue today.

As well, the mainstream media continues to focus on either lies and manipulation of the truth instead of reporting facts such as this judicial decision.