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    WikiLeaks’ Assange Went Far Beyond Journalism and Should Face Spying Charges, Lawyers for US Say

    WikiLeaks' Assange Went Far Beyond Journalism and Should Face Spying Charges, Lawyers for US Say

    — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should face espionage charges in the United States because he put innocent lives at risk and went beyond journalism in his bid to solicit, steal and indiscriminately publish classified U.S. government documents, lawyers for the American government argued Wednesday.

    The lawyers spoke before Britain's High Court in response to a last-ditch bid by Assange's defense to stop his extradition from the United Kingdom to the U.S.

    Assange's lawyers are asking the High Court to grant him a appeal — his last legal roll of the dice in the long-running legal saga that has kept him in a British high-security prison for the past five years.

    The 52-year-old Australian has been indicted on 17 charges of espionage and one charge of computer misuse over his website's publication of a huge trove of classified U.S. documents almost 15 years ago. American prosecutors allege Assange encouraged and helped U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal diplomatic cables and files that WikiLeaks later published, putting lives at risk.

    Lawyer Clair Dobbin told the High Court on Wednesday that Assange damaged U.S. security and intelligence services and “created a grave and imminent risk” by releasing the hundreds of thousands of documents — risks that could harm and lead to the arbitrary detention of innocent people, many of whom lived in war zones or under repressive regimes.

    Dobbin…

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