Last December, WikiLeaks stirred up debate when it, once again, released sensitive government documents to the world. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief, quickly became a public enemy, and the story brought up a wide range of issues about the role of journalists, governments, and the freedom of the press. The leak, however, also raised the question of just what a publication is in the eyes of the government and if press freedom should extend to Web-only publications, especially when they may not be based in the US. It's a complex international legal case, but the author can say this: If the US government chooses to prosecute WikiLeaks under US law, then it makes sense to him that WikiLeaks should be subject to whatever press protection is allowed under US law.
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