Originally posted by sh76
A distinction without a difference.
There is a monumental difference.
According to your own case law any information falling into the hands of a news outlet can be published without punishment. You have a rich history of this very thing happening before.
All indications are Bradley Manning is the punishable culprit and worked alone. Only if Assange is shown to have been 'hands-on' in the theft is he open for charges.
My personal take on dear Julian is - he is a 'schmuck' of the first order. As someone previously said, it seems he can dish out 'open-ness' but cannot take personal exposure. However, appearances are there are those in the US that are frustrated because of their own 'freedom of the press' laws who are now merging his sexual charges together with his leaks in order to form opinions indicating - sex charge is illegal so both are.