U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange

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In a stunning new report, CNN has just revealed, according to anonymous sources at least, that US authorities have prepared charges and will seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for intelligence leaks dating all the way back to 2010.

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.


This latest revelation comes after CIA Director Mike Pompeo ramped up the Trump administration's rhetoric against WikiLeaks describing it as a "non-state hostile intelligence service" earlier this week.  Ironically, as we noted this morning, Pompeo's comments can just days before the FBI and CIA admitted that they are searching for an "insider" at the CIA (not a Russian) who exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

Last week in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went further than any US government official in describing a role by WikiLeaks that went beyond First Amendment activity.


He said WikiLeaks "directed Chelsea Manning to intercept specific secret information, and it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States."


"It's time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia," Pompeo said.

Pompeo's comments were, of course, met with an immediate snarky reply from Assange over twitter.


For the past several years, U.S. prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange.  In fact, in what now appears to be a very prescient opinion piece, Julian Assange recently penned an article in the Washington Post defending his publications by saying that his motives are "identical to those claimed by the New York Times and The Post."

Quite simply, our motive is identical to that claimed by the New York Times and The Post — to publish newsworthy content. Consistent with the U.S. Constitution, we publish material that we can confirm to be true irrespective of whether sources came by that truth legally or have the right to release it to the media. And we strive to mitigate legitimate concerns, for example by using redaction to protect the identities of at-risk intelligence agents.

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.

All that said, CNN's sources seem to believe those same prosecutors have now found a way to move forward...though we're sure the New York Times won't receive similar arrest warrants.

Of course, it's unclear what immediate purpose the charges will serve given that Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the sole purpose of avoiding political persecution.  That said, somehow we suspect that some form of 'leverage' is about to be applied against Ecuador to help them 'remember' that they have other immediate and critically important uses for Assange's London bedroom.

And this pretty much sums it up:

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Zorba's idea's picture

Sponsored by one of Owhatshisname's favorite sponsors..RBS. Loverly!

4 wheel drift's picture

more than that...   he has shown his weakness against these fuckers,

disappointment does not begin to described what he has done... if assange is

actually arrested, it is clear proof

Bigly's picture

To think...he would perp walk assange before cankles.

Fuck that.  Bigly is off the trump train.

That said this is a cnn report and suspect as such, all

unsafe-space-time's picture

Trump is working for underage rectal raping satanists

tmosley's picture

>Assange is prosecuted and found innocent and is allowed to go on his merry way


>Assange is prosecuted and found guiilty, appeals all the way to the Supreme Court, where his conviction is overturned thanks to Constitutionalist Gorsuch.

>Trump suffers no political liability from being weak on "spies"/"traitors"

Trump sets up yet another no-lose situation for himself, someone he is greatful to, and America.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

>>> Arrest Assange

>>> Arrest Hillary

tmosley's picture

Yes, 4chan has more sense than the ZH peanut gallery.

As does any kindergarten.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Yet you still trawl these pages, Tom, for 7 years and 8 weeks.

Crash Overide's picture

Hackers vs. deep state.

If I am betting, even though it might not be pretty, hackers pwn the deep state.

This is the truth, right now it's all about people knowing the truth...

Max Hunter's picture

People need to think about WHY Trump is changing on every aspect.  He is being FORCED into this.  And quite frankly, I find it scary that we are so tightly controlled and the need for war is so clear..  This is not good.. These flip flops have profound implications.. 

auricle's picture

Unpossible, trump is assanges biggest fan as assange has been instrumetal in helping trump define the msm as fake news. 

JLee2027's picture

Source is CNN, same people who claim Trump is a Russian agent, was never giong to win, etc.

HowdyDoody's picture

Look what he did to remove the 'Russian agent' attacks - launched an act of agression against Syria and making himself a war criminal (obligatory for someone who will not even think of draining the swamp).



Archduke's picture

Trump is a fan of Trump. no one else.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

begone spammer with the 12th rated site.

HRClinton's picture

JC not a Jew?  Judaean? Samarian? Made up Composite?

Wait a minute....

Relevance to this article?

Luc X. Ifer's picture

And the BIGGEST lie of all, that Jesus *WAS* when there never *WAS* one.

InjectTheVenom's picture

Mr Trump...this move will not go over well with the vast majority of the people (myself included) who elected you...

Assange is a truth-exposer...a swamp-drainer if you will.  Why would you arrest him ?  Seems to me we need more men like him, dont 'ya think ?  

You want to really boost your numbers ?  Forget Assange...go after Hitlery, Soros, Holder, Lois Lerner...for a start ! 


Supafly's picture

He really was the best shot we had.  Ron Paul barely got out of the gate, and the next true statesman won't even get that far.  Guess it's safe to say that the solution won't be at the polling station!

TwelveOhOne's picture

"There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soapballot, jury and ammo. Please use in that order."

ReZn8r's picture

Gun control is using both hands. We should all be voting with two hands.

yogibear's picture

If I could I would recall my vote for that thankless human being.

Trump, you turned on the people that voted for you.

Shame on you!!!

GUS100CORRINA's picture


I agree completely with your comment. WELL SAID!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!

Title of the article should read: "U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest HILLARY R. CLINTON."

tmosley's picture

Going after Hillary would cause everyone to resume screeching "HITLER" at the top of their lungs. He needs everyone working together to push his agenda right now.

Human traffickers are being arrested en masse right now. The jailbirds will sing, and an indisputable case will be built AFTER the pillars of society in America have been at least shored up.

Creepy Lurker's picture

I want so very much for you to be right.

But that's not how the world works.

Helix6's picture

Jeezus!  You people still think Trump is calling the shots? 

Here's the score:  The President is the front man.  His job is to sell the shitshow to the American public.  In other words, READ THE FUCKING SCRIPT.  Just like Obama before you and GWB before him.  And in case you get any big ideas, Mr. President, we have a short vidio presentation for you to watch explaining just how dangerous the Presidency really is.  You know, there was one other guy back in the 1960s.  He had a young, beautiful wife, too.  Just like you.  Unbelievable that she didn't get hit too, you know?  What with all the bullets flying.  Awful what that poor woman had to go through.  Just awful...

ZRizzo's picture

Jeezus!  You people still think Trump is calling the shots?

Political football for the masses.  Pass the nachos.

MonkeyKnutz's picture


Thomas Paine's picture

How about arresting the criminals of the Deep State and Clinton Cabal.

Giant Meteor's picture

Speaking of mass murder, malevolent conspiracies,.plunder and enslavement ..

I was introduced to an interview of, one, Ronald Bernard, by ZH member, gdpetti, ZH member 6 years, 6 weeks. Below is my response to him, on todays Stockman thread, which like many threads as late, seem much less traveled.

My response,


A few minutes in, and wanted to say thank you.

Will get back to ya after watching in it's entirety ;)


Well if he were a fake, he would be the most convincing fake I'd ever seen.

I would like to learn much more about him, his story, as well as the Dutch media company, producing the video. I have no doubt of the many things he speaks of, and would certainly jibe seamlesslly for anyone seriously looking at the rapidity, of events, as these events now reveal themselves. THe "light" is being shone, much is revealed,.and many are awake. Sadly, not yet enough,

Power is again attempting to consolidate, as it always has, but the script, the "narrative" of these dark and evil forces, has been messed with by many good people of conscience. Some of whom, have already been silenced by various means. The relative ease, and abundance of information however. once, not long ago possible, even on a "local" level, much less on a global scale, has made a tremendous problem for them. Obviously that would mean, extremely dangerous times, and again, no shock to those awake and paying attention through the noise, which is incessant, relentless.

That is where the next major attack comes from in spades, communications, although it is obviously , and will continue to be, a multi pronged attack, taking all shapes and in all forms, not the least of which are bloody hot wars and global conflict.

Ronald Bernard High Finance Shocking Revelations (Dutch with Subtitles)


So, having come here, to see, what to me is obvous ramp up of war on Wikileaks, direction, misdirection, lies, bullsit and obfuscatiion on a FANTASTIC level, well the pieces all come together gift wrapped no ?

The video is well worth the time. Would love to find english transcripts, apparently more of these are forthcoming. Would welcome hearing from other's regarding Mr. Bernard and this video production ..

Many thanks to gdpetti, and the many other truth seekers here at ZH

Kind Regards,





Helix6's picture

Thank you GM.  That video is definitely worth the time.

sarz's picture

I can't think of anything more important for everyone at ZeroHedge to know about than what this former finance insider is talking about. Thanks for the link. 

Anteater's picture

Luciferians in the FOREX?! Say it ain't so, Joe! Here, spend your time learnibg while you still can.


Oldrepublic's picture

thanks for posting that Dutchman's video, English subtitles hard to read, could you find an English translation, transcript?

Giant Meteor's picture

Old Republic.

I have looked but the do not seem to exist, yet. Will certainly keep an eye out for them, as well as further video's regarding him, and his story. His testimony to me seemed extremely compelling .

chubbar's picture

They want to arrest Assange but check out what was just uncovered about John Brennan!


This should be top of fold in tomorrows NYT's but it'll get buried like every other Obama administration crime!

buttmint's picture

...ZHers...the time is neigh when a HUGE Wiki dump is about to occur.

The US Govvie will then be scrambling to Cover Its Ass.

I hope McStain gets hung for Treason

ReZn8r's picture

I would like top see the Klinton's burned at the stake.

Anteater's picture

Let's just get it over with. Trump IS going to run a -$1.5 trillion deficit this year, amd more next year. More bullets, more guns, more bombs, more cruise missiles, more fighters, more carriers, it's reached critical mass and can't be stopped. Congress IS going to raise the debt ceiling to -$30 trillion, there is no doubt. And the Corporate:State Socialist Mafia IS  going to loot all our withholding taxes, then increasingly loot all our SS and MC funds. Mil.Gov IS going to dump 40,000,000 invalids, seniors and the insane onto the mean streets. The Blue Team. The Right Stuff.

Why stress everyone out by leaking their recipes for disaster? I'll save you the trouble of reading them all.

The rest of the book,...it's a cook book!

Rich Stoehner's picture

Really? So anyone who tells the truth is the enemy...punishable by death, or gender change? 1984 anyone?

Deathrips's picture

Arrest the truth. ((((they)))) love burning books.



DocMims's picture

 love to see what comes out when his lawyers request discovery.  This will never make it to trial.  It' just for show

Trucker Glock's picture

Defense discovery in the Star Chamber?  Good luck with that.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

No but while waiting for trial, JA "hangs himself."

Is-Be's picture

If JA is harmed that would be a monumental blunder.

Trump was the focus of a lot of hope. The Saxon awakens


wren's picture

Selective prosecution...?

ne-tiger's picture

Idiot Trump will not be elected without Wikileaks