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Just one question before the article - how does the United States have jurisdiction on a non-citizen on a different continent who's publication of leaked materials follows the long established Pentagon Papers legal case handed down by the Supreme Court almost fifty years ago?

At least there we had a US publisher on American soil.  Overseas jurisdiction is a bureaucratic fantasy that ignores a very obvious three thousand mile wide Atlantic Ocean and the sovereign rights of what ever nation hosted Assange at the time.

A highly neutral Sweden may have been the case here.

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LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Monday rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges over the publication of secret U.S. documents a decade ago, saying he was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. In a mix...

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