Charging Assange reflects dramatic shift in US approach

The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange speaks to the media Feb. 24, 2011, after his extradition hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London. The arrest of Assange reignites a debate with no easy answer: Is the former computer hacker and founder of WikiLeaks a journalist or not? His lawyers are quick to characterize the case against him as a threat to all journalists. (Matt Dunham/AP, File)

The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange speaks to the media Feb. 24, 2011, after his extradition hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London. The arrest of Assange reignites a debate with no easy answer: Is the former computer hacker and founder of WikiLeaks a journalist or not? His lawyers are quick to characterize the case against him as a threat to all journalists. (Matt Dunham/AP, File)

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