Merry Christmastide & Spies Like Us
So I've been a bit preoccupied. But one point I should have made. There's been some talk (here for example) that Wikileaks can and/or should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917. Now, the Espionage Act of 1917 is a very broad statute that was used by the Justice Department in the wake of World War I to try to suppress criticism of the war, and was the statute under which Eugene Debs was sent to jail. The cases upholding the Espionage Act under the First Amendment were overturned in Dennis v. United States (itself a dreadful, speech restrictive decision; there's a whole chapter in my First Amendment, First Principles on the history leading up to and away from the Espionage Act cases through the present).
In other words, if the only statute which can be plausibly read to support a prosecution of Wikileaks is the Espionage Act, then it's a fairly safe bet that its conduct is constitutionally protected. I hope the Attorney General has the sense not to go down that road. If Julian Assange is guilty of a crime under a valid US statute, that's one thing (I have insufficient data to have an opinion on the allegations he's facing extradition on). But the Espionage Act appears to be redundant to the extent is not invalid.