Wikileaks founder may face espionage charges in the U.S.

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WASHINGTON. December 11. KAZINFORM The United States could soon press espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for authorizing the disclosure of secret U.S. diplomatic and military reports, his lawyer said.

"Our position of course is that we don't believe it applies to Mr. Assange and that in any event he is entitled to First Amendment protection as publisher of WikiLeaks," Assange's American lawyer, Jennifer Robinson told ABC News on Friday.

"Any prosecution under the Espionage Act would in my view be unconstitutional and puts at risk all media organizations in the U.S.," Robinson said.

The U.S. Justice Department has so far declined to comment on possible actions against Assange, who is an Australian citizen.

However, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday that prosecutors were looking beyond the espionage law for possible indictment, Kazinform refers to RIA Novosti.

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