“There was a lot of legal debate on: Are they operating as a Russian agent?” said the former official. “It wasn’t clear they were, so the question was, can it be reframed on them being a hostile entity.”

Intelligence community lawyers decided that it could. When Pompeo declared WikiLeaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service”.. “That phrase was chosen advisedly and reflected the view of the administration,” a former administration official said.

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@jz I guess the lawyers didn't read New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971).
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