During a 2015 interview with Democracy Now, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange dared the U.S. government to criminally charge him.
Assange was charged today with allegedly trying to help Chelsea Manning hack into Department of Defense computer files and encouraging Manning to do so in 2010.
In 2015, Assange claimed that WikiLeaks does not solicit information from third party sources:
Based on legal advice, WikiLeaks doesn’t solicit information. In fact, WikiLeaks is one of the few organizations, because of our infrastructure, that we do often get unsolicited information. But we think it’s necessary to hold the line and say, “No, asking for tips is a very important thing to do. It’s always been done in journalism.”
And we’re going to show that we do that. We are confident about doing that. We are confident that that is legal, under most judicial systems, and it should be legal also in the United States—we say it is legal under the First Amendment. And if the U.S. DOJ wants to have a fight about that in relation to the TPP or anything else, then bring it on.
(Source: Democracy Now)