Thursday, April 20, 2017

U.S. Justice Department Preparing Charges Against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

CNN: Sources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Washington (CNN)US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.

Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.

During President Barack Obama's administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn't alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to US officials involved in the process then.

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RussInSoCal said...

Assange has stated his desire to be extradited to the US.

/its probably his best option.

Jay Farquharson said...

All that time, and effort by Assange/wikileaks to coordinate with the Russians, with Agent Oranges campaign,