"This is not about Julian Assange. This is about the use of the Espionage Act to charge a recipient and publisher of classified information," he said. "I am extremely concerned about the precedent this may set and potential dangers to the work of journalists and the First Amendment."
"The 2016 election made it painfully clear that campaigns need more help defending against sophisticated cyber threats," said the bill's author, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. "The fastest way to make an impact and put more resources into protecting candidates from foreign hacking is to give parties the ability to help in the fight against dangerous foreign influence in our elections."