The case against the WikiLeaks founder is the justice department’s perfect vehicle to ultimately get what Trump wants

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is so disliked in journalism and political circles that many reporters and liberal politicians were publicly cheering on Thursday when the Trump administration released an indictment of Assange, which was related to his interactions with whistleblower Chelsea Manning in the months leading up to the publication of Pentagon and state department cables in 2010.

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Donald Trump has been furious with leakers and the news organizations that publish them ever since he took office

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Trevor Timm is executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation

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