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article imageUS Senator renews call for Assange to be prosecuted for espionage

By Anne Sewell     Jul 2, 2012 in World
London - While Julian Assange is still holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy awaiting possible political asylum, a U.S. Senator has renewed calls for him to be prosecuted for espionage.
Senator Diane Feinstein of the Senate intelligence oversight committee has reiterated the view that the WikiLeaks founder has compromised America's security.
Feinstein said that, "Assange had knowingly attained and disseminated information which could cause injury to the U.S." and that he had "caused serious harm to national security and should be prosecuted accordingly."
"Mr Assange should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act [of 1917]." Feinstein said in a written statement.
She further said that he shouldn't be protected by the First Amendment, which protects free speech, and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and says, "He calls himself a journalist, but he's no journalist, he is an agitator intent on damaging the U.S. government."
There are, however, mixed signals coming from the U.S. with U.S. Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, denying "the remotest evidence that there was a U.S. intention to prosecute Julian Assange."
However on the same day, the U.S. Justice Department again confirmed that there was a continued investigation into WikiLeaks.
RT's reporter says that while this sounds bad for Assange, all this information will be added to the file which Ecuador is creating on Assange and could benefit him in his appeal for political asylum.
In related news, while the author of this article believed that last week's episode of Assange's "The World Tomorrow" was the last one, there will be one more final episode tomorrow, where Assange interviews Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the Malaysian opposition, who has had similar experiences to those suffered by Assange.
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