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Report: U.S. Plans To Seek Arrest Of Julian Assange

CNN, citing anonymous government officials, says the United States has decided it will seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for the sharing of classified information.

“Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward,” reads CNN’s article on the topic.

CNN claims to have spoken with “U.S. officials familiar with the matter,” who say they have prepared charges to seek Assange’s arrest.

Julian Assange currently resides in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The network further states that “the U.S. view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents.”

Prior to that shift, the U.S. had reportedly been hesitant to charge Assange because outlets like The New York Times had also published details from those same documents.

According to The Washington Post, Edward Snowden revealed himself to be behind the NSA surveillance leaks in 2013.

CNN goes on to state that the U.S. was previously counting on a new government in Ecuador to give Assange the boot from the country’s embassy in London.

The candidate who ultimately won the election stated they would not do so, dashing that hope.

During a press conference earlier, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.”

“We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” he announced.

“This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious.”

“So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

Sessions did not appear to mention charges against Assange.

See the full press conference below.

Assange’s lawyer currently says he has heard nothing of charges to be pressed against Assange by the Department of Justice.

“They’ve been unwilling to have any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us know what Mr. Assange’s status is in any pending investigations,” said Barry Pollack, according to CNN.

“There’s no reason why Wikileaks should be treated differently from any other publisher.”

Sources:
The Washington Post
CNN

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Greg Maxwell

    April 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Right and all the government insiders get a pass . . .

  2. L man 31

    April 20, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    It’s CNN FFS

  3. Margaret

    April 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    CNN….what a shame as they started out being a great alternative. Now, just a laugh…..

  4. James

    April 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Assange is a foreign national, who committed these supposed criminal acts in another country. If what he did is a crime, then people like Rachel Maddow need to be locked up too.

  5. O_cult is Dead

    April 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Let’s get all the leakers and their enablers; the list will be a long one comprised exclusively of democrats and a few cuck repubs.

    If Assange is hammered, damn well better batter Hillary and S. Rice. Both should draw their last ragged breath from a prison cot, their boss as well.

  6. Kurkus54

    April 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    the problem with their reasoning is that if they use the excuse of that he assisted snowden, then you have to arrest reporters that release classified information because they are assisting the actual people releasing the info also, you cant have it both ways, if reporters are free to break the law than assuange is a reporter and has to be given a pass also

  7. Alan777

    April 21, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Assange just provides a platform for the whistleblowers. Whatever happened to freedom of the press? That’s got to have a pretty high priority compared to false “national security” premises which are really just government abuses that are being covered up under the pretense of “national security”.

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