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Assange Victory Leaves Whistleblowers, Journalists Hanging

Law360, London (January 8, 2021, 8:16 PM GMT) -- A U.K. court's recent refusal to endorse claims that the prosecution of Julian Assange amounts to an attack on freedom of speech highlights the need to introduce a public interest defense into English law to protect journalists and whistleblowers, lawyers say.

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange celebrate on Jan. 4 after a London judge ruled that he can't be extradited to the U.S. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) If not for District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruling that extraditing Assange would be "oppressive" because of his mental health, the 49-year-old Australian's extradition would have been granted. The judge dismissed all his defense team's...

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