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Assange and the Ethics of Publishing Stolen Info

Does Julian Assange’s arrest pose a threat to press freedoms? If press freedoms means publishing and distributing stolen information, then sure. And that’s exactly what it does mean these days when the media routinely republishes hacked emails and coordinates with the hackers, as it did when Qatar hacked the emails of RNC official Elliot Broidy.

On Tom LoBianco’s LinkedIn profile, the former Associated Press reporter self-identifies as a “White House reporter covering Trump Russia probes.” At CNN, LoBianco writes that he “covered the 2016 presidential race and the Russia probes.”

Now LoBianco is in trouble for reasons having nothing and everything to do with the Russia probe.

Earlier this year, Elliot Broidy, a Trump ally and Republican fundraiser, was targeted by Qatari hackers. Broidy had been sharply critical of the terror state which has been linked to everything from 9/11 to Iran. And his emails were quickly peddled to media figures who spun them into pro-Qatari hit pieces.

When Broidy struck back with a lawsuit targeting Qatar and its lobbyists, phone records showed that LoBianco had spoken three dozen times to a registered foreign agent of the Islamic terror state.

The distinction between the media coordinating with foreign operatives to run emails stolen from Americans… and Assange is murky at best.

Read the full story from Front Page Mag

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