U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange

Tyler Durden's picture

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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ZRizzo's picture

I thought Trump was a billionaire with no secrets.  I'm starting to think there is no such thing. /s

Bobrsta's picture

And what fuckin good does it do to tell we the people our leaders are despots? We know this, or sure as hell should, by now. If this goes down and revolution doesn't break out, it won't. Simple as that. TPTB are calling our bluff, and we have a weak hand it seems

Akzed's picture

We don't have the right to tyrannize our neoghbors, so how could we have delegated that power to the govt?

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Shooting the messenger is not a strategy!


The new boss = worse than the old boss.

mkkby's picture

Sorry, the boss hasn't changed in 4+ decades.  Deep state.  Red, blue and orange team are just parsites who crave attention.

alexcojones's picture

And to think we Zhers once believed in the possibility of peace and justice.

Guess Pizza Gate is off the table. Nothing to see here, move along.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Dump all data caches now, Wikileaks!

They're coming for you!

emersonreturn's picture

i'm hoping he saves a few surprises for the trial...a few for prison (hoping that never comes to pass) & a few for his staged suicide.  so far he's been way smarter than the cia, banksters & DC.  i am about to design a free assange Tshirt, with proceeds going to wikileaks.  cannot fucking believe how corrupt DC is or how blind stupid the sheeple have become.  peace to iran, freedom for assange.

incharge1976's picture

Hopefully just an arrest warrant to get him out of there followed by a presidential pardon. 

Okienomics's picture

Holding your breath on that one?

A Lunatic's picture

Free George Soros!!!!

JLM's picture

Need to get Julian safe into Russia.  That would be a poke in the eye. lol

HRClinton's picture

I don't see how they can pull that off, without getting stopped and arrested on the way from one embassy to another.

P4K's picture

Wikileaks = Washington Post 1972. Get over it.

East Indian's picture

You mean Wikileaks is also stage managed by the three-letter agencies? 

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Now we're going to find out where Trump stands

economicmorphine's picture

LOL, he' already kind of sort of made that clear.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Maybe bombing Syria, troops back to Afghanistan, the Ukraine, North Korea are umm .... fuck it, yea - we're screwed.

FoggyWorld's picture

And we are providing all the bombs for the Saudis to destroy Yemen.   To your list, we should now add we are sending in Marines to train people in Somalia - or so they say.

pods's picture

Just some advisors, nothing to worry about. 

They still fly Blackhawks right?


Is-Be's picture

Maybe bombing Syria, troops back to Afghanistan, the Ukraine, North Korea are umm .... fuck it, yea - we're screwed.

I see very little blood on the sheets.

Safelyundergroundlul's picture

Julian is a hero. Buy a coffee mug or shirt / hoodie from the Wikileaks store if you want to support them. Think it is tax deductible too. Btw, how about some new Zero Hedge shirts if any of the Tyler's is reading this? Would like to get me one. 

emersonreturn's picture

great idea.  thanks Sunderground...i'll stop by the wiki store.

bookofenoch's picture

Donated and bought two shirts. Thanks for the idea

izzee's picture

Why are Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin still walking around. Were they not in possesion of Classified Documents - that Laptop with 650,000 emails.
What ever happened to That????

pods's picture

Orange Jesus is buddies with Epstein. AIPAC has an amateur vid of Don banging a kid. 

Nothing will happen to Weiner or anyone else in the club. 


ZRizzo's picture

Strange don/Ivanka relationship:


Something doesn't look right.

alexcojones's picture

Best case scenario would be jor JA to move over to the RUSSIAN Embassy.

London Calling , Julian: Vladimir on the other line. Pick up the white phone.

shimmy's picture

The great pumpkin strikes again. 

"I love wikileaks" said when it is helping him

"We need to arrest Assange" implied 6 months later

This clown is a bigger sellout than obozo was. Pathetic. 


Robert of Ottawa's picture

You have become to entranced by typical politicians, which Trump isn't. Truly, one must judge a man by his actions, not his words.

pods's picture

I have, and the strike on Syria was an act of war. 

So burn in hell Trump.


JamesBond's picture

War has a legal definition. What Trump did was technically an illegal, unilateral act of international aggression.

OCnStiggs's picture

The Deep State wants their biggest irritant silenced.

Trump should put him under secret service security for life and add him to his "life insurance policy."

Dig Deeper1's picture

Nothing like an arrest warrant to validate all prior WL claims.

Zorba's idea's picture

Headline News: The revenge of the truth killers includes the trumpster! The news creators will not be disrupted! Read all about it.....oh bother.

MaxThrust's picture

Counterfeit news network.

Wake me when it actually happens.

BGO's picture

Assange has to be in possession of at least some doomsday level information. 9/11 details. Israel intelligence. Dirt on past Presidents. He has something damning otherwise he'd have been yesterday's news years ago.

Is-Be's picture

I think most Zerohedgers have got the lay of the land.

The only thing that would mildly surprise me is to discover that Yes, Aliens have arrived and have traded body parts for the amazing technology that I am using, and the Magic Machine, the Quantum computer.

That the Ape is capable of such wonders is absurd. He has just got over his habit of bashing rocks together.

logicalman's picture

The ape is capable of wonders but unfortunately his technology has advanced more rapidly than his intellect.

Can't get your whole species in trouble banging rocks together. A couple of chunks of uranium are a whole different ball game.

jaketfs's picture

Or he is controlled oposition.

Rolln's picture

It's crazy thats he's even still alive...

RawPawg's picture

Bout to find out(with pictures)how much Donny Boy likes those Golden Showers

grabbing more Popcorn,and an Umbrella....just in case

Chupacabra-322's picture

They're all involved in an elaborate scheme based on contrat law & Criminal deceit to Fraud The American People by CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary) & being an accessory to the deceit & Criminal Fraud by contracting with the Criminal State.

We are "Governed" into a Political, Educational, Religious & Economic UNITED STATES, CORP based on contract law which is based on Criminal Fraud, deceit & illusion.

The Private Corp UNITED STATES, CORP uses the cover of being a functional Government when in reality they are not. Much like the Criminal Federal Reserve uses The "Federal" in their name & use it as cover to give the illusion that they are a branch of the US Government when they are not.

Through bankruptcies, Criminal Contract Fraud & deceit the Charlatans have incrementally incorporated the US as well as your souls (birth cert) which are securitized via the Criminal Federal Reserve through to the IMF.

They're functioning off corporate version of the THE CONSTITUTION. It's the reason why The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate continues to lie, cheat, deceit, rape & pillage with impunity.

The only power the have over you is with CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary). Pay no Taxes. Peaceful Non-Participation, Non-Compliance & being an accessory into their Criminal system/s based on Criminal Fraud, Debt Bondage & Enslavement.

Robert of Ottawa's picture

Sorry, you failed to make your point. What was it?

Anarchyteez's picture

The point is the leagality of of the American coup he described accurately.

Anarchyteez's picture

They're cunning little satans.

bookofenoch's picture

Some call that plan Agorist. We call it Ignorist.

It's working well for us so far, and we move closer to freedom every day.

Freedom is contagious, and independently operating freedom cells are popping up all around us.

Robert of Ottawa's picture

I had always been ambivalent about Assange but over the past year, hearing him talk, I am still ambivalent, but more on his side. Given the degree to which his team has demonstrated the corruption and depth of the establishment and spy services, I can only regard him as a ...