Wikileaks is apparently getting desperate in their attempt to support Donald Trump as the President* becomes increasingly indefensible because one of their accounts tweeted out the dumbest f*cking thing any of us have heard — that journalists have no constitutional protections unlike writers and publishers, who do.
No, seriously. This is an actual thing that Wikileaks said.
Journalists have no constitutional protections. Publishers, readers, speakers and writers have protection.
— WikiLeaks Task Force (@WLTaskForce) August 18, 2017
The official WikiLeaks account was responding to a statement from “How to Catch a Russian Spy” author Naveed Jamali that Julian Assange is not a journalist and should not “be afforded the protections given real journos who risk their lives to report the news.”
“A) I never said constitutional and B) thank god you and your kind are none of those,” Jamali replied, adding, “And C) tell your dear leader to argue that in a US court.”
Obviously, journalists do have protections under the First Amendment of the Constitution, but this tweet seems to have been designed to nudge along Donald Trump’s plan to “open up libel laws” and sue journalists who write negative-but-true things about him.
Naturally, Americans showed up in force to show that they’re not idiots:
One wonders if their brains wikileaked right out of their damn fool heads.
— Tippi (@TrashFireT) August 18, 2017
Ummm. Journalists ARE writers.
— Lisa Haselmann (@lhaselmann) August 18, 2017
I could have sworn there was something about a free press in the Constitution.
— carlstone (@carlstone) August 18, 2017
This is a very wrong statement of law. If you don’t want people to think you’re Russian puppets, try to sound less like Russian lawyers.
— James Bryce Clark (@JamieXML) August 18, 2017
this tweet will not end well for you. you should probably just delete your account before the burns get too much
— Dan Hall (@dotdash1961) August 18, 2017
So…a journalist isn’t a writer?
— Carey DeGeer (@CareyDeGeer) August 18, 2017
Ummmmmm is reading comprehension an issue???? pic.twitter.com/mESZpMpycB
— PJ. McHenry Sr. (@pjmchenry17) August 18, 2017
Uhhh, journalists are part of the press that is protected by the first amendment…maybe in Russia that’s not the case
— Jimminy Crickets! (@DCclone) August 18, 2017
Wow, that’s a profoundly uneducated opinion.
— thomas murphy (@thomasmurphy38) August 18, 2017
Recently, it was revealed that Wikileaks refused to publish thousands of Russian government documents in 2016 while at the same time acting as a resource for all things anti-Clinton. That fact, along with this tweeted attempt to undermine Americans’ faith in the Constitution, makes it very clear whose side they are on.
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