Does President Bush Speaking Out Against Julian Assange Prejudice The Case Against Him?

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Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who is apparently advising Julian Assange, is complaining that comments by former President George W. Bush, in refusing to appear with Assange at a Young Presidents Organization event, serves to prejudice the legal process against Assange. Bush stated that Assange "has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States." This is a statement that has not been proven in court -- and which many might question. However, Dershowitz points out that in saying them, it may serve to unfairly tip the scales of any case against Assange. To be honest, I'm not sure that Bush's comments will really have that much weight here. We've already seen tons of politicians make similar claims. It's clear: US politicians, for the most part, are not fans of Assange. But is that really going to change anyone's opinion of Assange and/or Wikileaks?

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Mar 2011 @ 10:46am

    Re: Re: Even people we don't like have First Amendment rights

    There's a difference between personal opinion ("In my opinion, he's caused damage to the US") and defamation ("He definitely has caused damage to the US."). You can't just go around telling a nationwide audience that someone has repeated and willfully caused harm to the US without actually providing evidence.

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