We all know that Katherine Kreuger sucks. Both her writing and editorial decisions have flushed any of Splinter’s credibility down the drain. But this is so fucking dumb.

Look, Assange is a fucking stooge for Putin. His contribution to the email hacking was a huge turning point in the 2016 election, back before But Her Emails was a punchline. . He clearly wanted Trump to win, and is partially responsible for the hellscape we find ourselves in. Remember this?

No one at Splinter seems to. Kreuger even writes in her article, “though the charges against him initially appeared not to be directly related to journalism” and “Assange’s disclosures were messy, they made a lot of powerful people mad, and there’s a compelling case that some of then did cause harm.”

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A free and independent press is a good thing to have in this country, but equating that with Assange, who helped a foreign country directly interfere with our elections, and is not a journalist, is quite simply dumb. This is not a black and white issue and shouldn’t be treated as such.