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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wren's picture

Selective prosecution...?

ne-tiger's picture

Idiot Trump will not be elected without Wikileaks

booboo's picture

Trump is a one termer, destiny and stupidiy have met at the cross roads of We're Fucked Ave and Don't Give a Shit Street

BurningFuld's picture

As a Canadian I would just like to say Trump is a HUUGE disappointment. On par with the retard we elected.

underthevolcano's picture

You can't compare the two societies or personalities in any way. Thank God we still have a functioning parliament and judiciary. You should count your lucky stars, buddy.

logicalman's picture

I guess you don't really know how it 'works' in Canada.

Bankers run it,

Politicians represent the bankers not the people.

Juiciary is politicised.

Average Joe gets screwed.

Same as just about everywhere else, just the names of the 'offices' doing the work are different.

No difference, really, just US is further down the path to hell. No signs Canada will not follow.

 

junction's picture

Trump will be impeached by his "friends" before his first term is up.  If he doesn't die before in a helicopter crash landing.

r0mulus's picture

We are nearing a massive tipping-point with regards to free-speech in our society.

One of the sad by-products of Assange and Wikileaks releasing the DNC emails is that it has eliminated nearly all support for them by the propaganda-afflicted wing of the Democratic party. I have a feeling that the Deep State sense that this their best opportunity to silence Assange for good- when his mainstream political favorability is at an all-time low (only possible, of course, because of the slack-jawed bewilderment and confusion of propaganda-afflicted mainstream political voters).

If Assange is silenced without effective opposition, and such behavior goes unchallenged and unchanged, we are effectively in the new dark ages: government oppression of truth without fear of penalty.

MonkeyKnutz's picture

Good God man, my thoughts exactly when I read the article.  We are past doomed if this goes through.

Slingsby's picture

Yup. But then again we can't have people running around willy-nilly showing people what is actually going on. That does not fit with our "moral high ground" messaging.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

The swamp just shit on the people. 

Marmalade Jesus is compromised.

Just when I thought someone had come along to save the USA from government.

Fuckers are really pushing for that Marie Antoinette moment, aren't they ? 

Is-Be's picture

Trump has unified the nation.

HRClinton's picture

Against DC and NY.

Both towns need an enema, at the very least.

Y-A-R-O-C-H's picture

You probably missed LA and SFO. :)

InjectTheVenom's picture

yes they surely are pushing for it... and unfortunately, this country is so far gone that the only thing that can save it going forward is some sort of  "Marie Antoinette moment"/coup-type scenario.
... not that i'm advising that sorta thing however.    ;>) 

kochevnik's picture

Pity North Korea so far from DC

Footprint's picture

This is CrapNotNews ... I would wait and see if info is confirmed

Oliver Klozoff's picture

I'm sure a federal judge somewhere will block any arrest order against Assange...............

............ right?

SubjectivObject's picture

Maybe it's an omen, but tRump and cunt rhyme.

Thom Paine's picture

mate please don't dissparage the word cunt, they are particularly useful, and why the human species survives.

Trump is a swamp creature with a shit covered tongue. That deep state will set up and remove for Pence later.

SubjectivObject's picture

You're right.  I apologize to all the upstanding .... well, laying down, cunts.

Swump it is then.

chisler's picture

Trump better think again because this could just tip the scale. I can only take so much bullcrap and then its over.

Bobrsta's picture

Bad enough for us to get off our asses? Assange and Snowden are brave men exposing the wretched and despotic nature of our government officials. If either of them are thrown in jail to rot or worse and we don't rise up, no one again will risk their neck for we undeserving cowards.

c2nnib2l's picture

i though ill never say this... but srsly Trump is just another Obama 2.0 he plays for te wrong team

VangelV's picture

It does not matter, my friend.  Trump has already abandoned the marginal voter who was responsible for his victory and has antagonized the alternative media that made his election possible.  He is being handled by his daughter and son-in-law who have fallen under the control of the Deep State.  

But note how this helps Trump in a big way.  Such charges would mean that Russia did not hack the election process or have anything to do with what happened.  Just like the DNC leak, the CIA's and NSA's role in hacking banking systems around the world and leaving a false trail was exposed by a disgruntled insider.  Your media should be ashamed for having missed the real story and for sitting back and allowing the intelligence agencies to grow out of control as the very people inside them were trying to blow the whistle.  

Akzed's picture

Your media should be ashamed for having missed the real story and for sitting back and allowing the intelligence agencies to grow out of control as the very people inside them were trying to blow the whistle.

Your mistake is that the intelligence agencies and the media are legs on the same bug.

 

koan's picture

Bad moves are all Trump has, haven't you realized this yet?

The_Juggernaut's picture

No telling what sort of goodies Wikileaks will publish now.  Can't wait.

overbet's picture

Let's hope this motivates a lot of on the fence would be leakers into acting.

whatsupdoc's picture

Amen to that!

Assange has served the people of the world very well.  The Empire is seeking to blame-shift and obfuscate at every opportunity.  It is an open behaviour that shows the extreme lack of integrity and the bullying behaviour of the US authorities for all to see.  I hope Assange is granted asylum in Russia.

The Empire of Lies is dying - albeit slowly.

I see Chavetz is completely demoralised.  There really will be no peaceful alternative to a revolution is there?  They just won't go quietly eh!

 

VangelV's picture

Most Americans like hierarchy and being ruled by the Deep State and the people inside the intelligence agencies know it.  There is fear of leaking out information as they see what happened to the insider who gave Wikileaks the DNC information.  

garcam123's picture

I hope they have a picture of Trump sucking Hitlery's dick!

soulcalibur's picture

Go after hillary!!

HRClinton's picture

Are you a moron or a total idiot? 

I am not the problem or cause. Nor the solution.

The Solution is in the mirror, you fool.

c2nnib2l's picture

they will never go after Hilary at least not now.. they are on the same boat

Laddie's picture

The SHOWMAN, Donald Trump reveals himself to those who pay attention.

Better than Hillary? Yes. GOOD? No.

Just keep an eye on Bannon, if he is fired or resigns, then WAR with Russia and Syria and a lot of other BAD stuff for those who supported him.

The Battle(s) of Berkeley – Someone is Going to Get Killed. Where is Trump?

There Will Be Blood: Left Prepares For War After Berkeley Beat Down: “Combat Training, Better Equipment, Guns…”

Reflections on the Revolution in Berkeley

We have no hands but our own. When staging these rallies, we can't rely on police protection (they more or less abandoned the rally at several points). What was the most heart-warming spectacle of all was seeing everyone there help each other, and not rely on the cops for aid. Indeed, Berkeley is something of a microcosm of where we are politically as well. By now it should be abundantly clear that Trump is not going to MAGA, and that there will be no resurrection of the country our parents told us about. We don't live in a fundamentally good nation that got a little off track, we live in a decaying empire, a multi-culti techno-Sodom presided over by some of the most deranged people in all of human history--and that's putting it charitably. We aren't going to solve our problems through showing up to vote once for a reality TV star turned conventional Republican. That's not to say that we should abandon politics, we should get involved now more than ever, but rather to point out that if we don't save ourselves, no one else will.

economicmorphine's picture

Berkeley is an outlier.  It has nothing to do with reality.  As for liberals with guns, just show up with a baby seal and you'll be safe.

alexcojones's picture

Anybody surprised by this action by Teflon Don and Langley's Pompous Ass?

Betrayed and Played, hate to say, by NWO

NeedtoSecede's picture

Glad I didn't vote last year. Full Retard Banana Republic!

John Law Lives's picture

Maybe Ecuador will tell those U.S. authorities to F.O. 

Rich Stoehner's picture

Historically that is not in South American countries best interests.

Implied Violins's picture

...not if the CIA does some 'regime change' and gets that opposition candidate in there who said he'd hang Assange out to dry. Just sayin'.

Aubiekong's picture

The biggest fear our politicians have is the truth being told to the people.  Everything he released was 100% true...

mavenson's picture

Because the big problem is the leaker not the content of the leaks.

chubbar's picture

Wasn't that the whole point behind blaming Russia for the Hillary emails? It's not like anyone questioned the validity of the emails but the content was never up for discussion, just whether Russia did it. Not really even that, it was outright assumed it was Russia without proof just to get the focus off the content and to stir up a controversy to defame Trump.

Silversides's picture

Arrest him? How about giving him the Nobel!?!

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Lumping Assange in with Obama and other jackass Nobel Prize awardees would be an insult.

xrxs's picture

He hasn't droned enough people for the Nobel.

Free Julian!