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Yahoo Tech - Apple MacMay 23, 2019
Trump Justice Department Crosses New Line, Charges Assange With Publishing U.S. Secrets
Daniel Leal-Olivas/GettyIn a stunning escalation of the Trump administration's war on the press, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for revealing government secrets under the Espionage Act. It's the first time a publisher has been charged under the World War I-era law.The indictment charges Assange with 16 counts of receiving or disclosing material leaked by then-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2009 and 2010. The charges invoke broad provisions of the Espionage Act that make it a crime to disclose or retain any defense information knowing it "could be used to injure" the U.S. The act has no exception for reporters or publishers, but prior administrations have balked at invoking the law against journalists for fear of colliding with the First Amendment. The Justice Department immediately sought to draw a distinction between Assange and the press in a briefing for reporters announcing the new indictment."The department takes seriously the role of journalists in our democracy and we thank you for it," said John Demers, head of the department's National Security Division. "It has not and never has been the department's policy to target them for reporting. But Julian Assange is no journalist." Demers cited WikiLeaks' publication of the names of U.S. government sources, saying it endangered people in China, Iran, and Syria.WikiLeaks on Twitter called the prosecution "the end of national security journalism and the

Yahoo Tech - Apple MacMay 23, 2019
Trump relentlessly mocked for ‘nationally televised hissy fit' over Democratic investigation
For Stephen Colbert, only "one big story" came out of Wednesday's news cycle."America's step-daddy is angry," the late-night host quipped on CBS.For about 12 minutes on Wednesday morning, anyone tuned into a major TV network saw an irked President Donald Trump in the White House Rose Garden delivering what The Washington Post's Anne Gearan described as "the live-action movie version" of his Twitter feed.Or, as Mr Colbert put it: "Trump walked out the door straight to the Rose Garden for a nationally televised hissy fit."The unscheduled news conference came just moments after Trump stormed out of a planned White House meeting intended to discuss a $2 trillion (£1.58 trillion) infrastructure deal, angered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who had spoken to reporters earlier in the day and accused him of being "engaged in a cover-up."In the Rose Garden, Mr Trump said he told Democratic lawmakers that while he wanted "to do infrastructure", he would not work with them unless they "get these phony investigations over with"."Trump has a clear stance on infrastructure," Mr Colbert said on his show. "It's my way or no highways."Mr Colbert wasn't the only late-night host to dig into the president's lengthy remarks, during which he touted himself as "the most transparent president, probably, in the history of this country" and addressed impeachment, only referring to it as the "I-word".Fellow TV comics Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden all dedi
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