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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Kefeer's picture

Canadians..bang head.  

The man and his organization has helped reveal truth in a world almost void of it.  

bookofenoch's picture

A very brave hero who has endured murder of his team, deprivation of every good thing, and unspeakable slander.

I hope we prove ourselves worthy of his sacrifices

GodSpeed_00's picture

What the Fuck Trump?

Jolt's picture

Oh right:

Obama receives a Nobel Peace Prize for ultimately killing or maiming hundreds of thousands of people around the world, for subjecting America's soldiers to war, and for elevating the likes of Hillary Batshit Crazy Clinton, and Julien is the bad guy?

This is what it feels like to have criminals running our government. Like it? 

Brazen Heist's picture

Welcome to the era of fake.

Fake news, fake events, fake justice.

 

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Fake news is like fake tits. You like what you see. You'd like it to be true and want it to be true. If you believe it's true, you'll be better off in many ways. Still, something tells you it's not right. Now you have to decide - reality or fantasy ( or turn her over and avoid the whole issue).

Brazen Heist's picture

My tolerance for fake titties is much higher than my tolerance for fake news.

Pick your brand of fake :)))

tbone10's picture

Yous gotta down fucking punk!

Herdee's picture

Go after the New York Times first.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Ladies and Gentlemen!

For the next death-defying, stupefying, incredible, jaw-dropping public spectacle, we now present you with...

...the arrest and extradition of Edward Snowden, traitor to his nation.

(Do I need to include a /sarc tag?)

Brazen Heist's picture

Trump is a traitor for selling his soul to the Deep State.

WTFUD's picture

Fortunately, unlike Assange, he's in one of the safest places on the planet where even Soros has difficulty penetrating.

serotonindumptruck's picture

One might need a small army to take on the Ecuadorian Embassy...

...unless the Ecuadorian guards could be persuaded to briefly look the other way in exchange for a nominal fee.

Then again, Trump may just choose a drone attack on the embassy and effectively declare war with the nation of Ecuador.

Who knows for sure when you have an arrogant, petulant child in the WH?

lurker since 2012's picture

When is Trump installing the shark tank in 'his' office. KIM will be pleasantly respired at the imitation.

WTFUD's picture

Always looking for a scapegoat for the clusterfuck that's the USSofA.

DuneCreature's picture

My sources tell me Assange is an Israeli Mossad asset.

Bibi won't be happy if Comey arrests his little buddy.

What do they plan on arresting and charging Julian with? .. Edgy journalism? .... Treason? ..Assange isn't a US citizen. ... Having a picnic with Pamela Anderson without a permit? ... Publishing truthy news? ... Fake wikiness? Interfering with raging imperialism?

Spycraft Clusterfuck 101 is what you call this cartoon shit circus.

Putin is breathing a sigh of relief. Now he and Trump can get back to bombing the ISIS (CIA) back into the First Ice Age. Assad may even get a lick or two in at McStainy Pants if he can catch him visiting his bud BagDaddy in the confusion.

Live Hard, This Should Improve USSA Standing Overseas As If MS 13, George Soros And The Pope Gives A Running Runny Shit, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

r0mulus's picture

DC, I am highly skeptical of your claim that Assange is a Mossad asset.
I have viewed content you've posted asserting such. The only real claims that I have seen provided to back such assertions in that content go along the lines of "he never criticizes Israel or calls out the Zionists directly so he must be a Mossad agent". I just do not see any real evidence having been provided to suggest that.

Additionally, if such parties ARE actually running the Western propaganda show, it would seem to be pretty dumb of them to blow their own well laid cover-story while the fiat empire is gasping for air. From what evidence I have seen, I have no reason to believe that Assange is a Mossad agent.
If you have more direct proof, then you should provide it. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to re-examine your thesis.

DuneCreature's picture

I'm just telling you what has been claimed to me.

This Aussie, Brandon O'Connell thinks so too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeQorw7Wbv4

You have to understand what being a intelligence 'asset' means also. It doesn't necessarily mean that the agency you are an 'asset' to or for put you up to the all the activates you undertake. ... I figure the Israelis feed Assange some of his goodies. .. I think Seth Rich fed WikiLeaks some or all of the DNC's Emails. ... Manning, I'm sure, fed WikiLeaks his Iraqi material.

I think Brandon nails it. ... Operation Talpiot steals the data and if the Mossad/Bibi wants it out they sent it to Julian for 'distribution' knowing he is great at protecting his sources. .... If he even knows the identity of the leaker(s) at all.

Live Hard, It's Easy To Get 'Used' By The Spooks, Die Free

veritas semper vinces's picture

And how do you know that this Brandon O'Connell is not a Mossad agent ?

DuneCreature's picture

You better go watch a couple of his videos.

Live Hard, I Don't Think Brandon Is On Uncle Bibi's Xmas Card List, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

nathan1234's picture

My brains tell me Jared Kushner is Bibi's flunkey.

So then what is the set up ? Any guesses?

DuneCreature's picture

There was a day the journalists got a pass on ALL published information as long as it wasn't slanderous or libelous. ... If it was true and verifiable or possibility true and presented as such the press got the 1st Amendment stamp of approval. .. No heat, no harassment.

I don't know about you but I haven't signed any non-disclosures or oaths not to tell what I know and I doubt Assuage did either.

If we don't push back on the asinine censorship, we'll all end up in concentration camps.

Charging Assange is an intimidation tactic to let the criminals get away with more and more crime. ...

THAT'S what the deal is here.

Live Hard, If They Can Jail Julian For Telling The Truth You And Yours Are Next In Line, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

FlowerofLife's picture

It's been my "impression" for some time that Julian isn't "independent", to put it that way. At least not for the last several years.

I don't remember George Webb ever mentioning Julian. He says Snowden is a NOC, for instance, which I understand from other sources is true. 

DuneCreature's picture

I have a unique outlook on all this spy intrigue. .. Who Snowden works for or not and on what level I don't care.

The guy has gonads as big as an Airstream house trailer. ... Even if he works for the CIA outting bad NSA behavior he still put himself in a lot of personal risk getting the word out to the people. ... The IC is full of psychos that would kill him for one side or the other. He has done the American people a HUGE service throwing all the domestic spying out in the sunshine. ........ It is my personal opinion he is just what he says he is. ....... But if not, I really don't care.

When spies fight and out each other the big winner is 'We The People'.

Same goes for George Webb, Binney, Drake, Fitts, O'Connell, Steele, Bennett, and the two dozen other brave whistleblowers. ... WE WIN. .... From where I sit, we owe all of them. ... Assange and Manning included.

We need a Whistleblower Hall of Fame and better start rallying around them or they will stop stepping up out of the shadows for us.

Live Hard, Sunshine Is Sunshine And Motive Is Immaterial, Die Free.

~ DC v5.0

emersonreturn's picture

& have your sources bothered telling you why he's been willing to live in solitary confinment for the love of bibi??  that makes no sense.  it makes way more sense to assume the last serious batch of data involves israel, banksters & rothchilds.  

DuneCreature's picture

See my post below about being an 'asset'.

It is the US that has him cornered.

Yes, I hope he has a LOT more he can get out.

Live Hard, I'm Not Saying He Gets A Bibi Signed Paycheck, I Doubt He Does, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Pliskin's picture

I'm sure Johnny Mcshitstain would be proud to die, fighting along side his ISIS brothers.

Did you change your avatar, then change it back?  If not then there's someone pretending to be you out there!

Beware fake DC's.

 

DuneCreature's picture

AAAAAAlex Jones sent Ms Capt'n Bonny Wrath over to my house for the weekend.

Apparently Alex has his hands full up with pirate lass ass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dXbH7Tu30s

Live Hard, Ms Creature Told Her That Her Visits Were Nice But Not To Wear Out Her Welcome And To Bring More Wardrobe With Her Next Time She Stops By, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Davidduke2000's picture

For 30 silver shekels netanyahu will crawl on all 4. 

BadDog's picture

Get ready for the Big Dump.

cougar_w's picture

Julian has trip wires strung all over his life. Algos that will cut loose the hounds of war if anything bad happens.

One bad day -- and the emails will fly. In less than a minute the entire Western control grid complex will be revealed as the vicious fraud it has long ago become.

nc551's picture

Maybe, I thought that was the entire point of wikileaks.  If Assange is holding back merely for his own safety he is not the man I figured him for.

besnook's picture

assange is a reporter actually more like a publisher. he doesn't investigate anything. people send him stuff. he verifies the veracity of the stuff. upon inspection he posts it. what is he actually guilty of? the rape case wouldn't stick so trumped up charges of another sort that cuts out the middleman are now being tried.

konadog's picture

The MIC is showing its true colors. They don't like being exposed for the scum they are.

Blanco Diablo's picture

Assange deserves the Medal of Freedom!

Joebloinvestor's picture

Boy talk about killing the messenger!

hotrod's picture

I would hope to GOD that USA citiizens and people around the world would unite against this agenda.  Trump approving this is absolutely DESPICABLE.

Ross123's picture

Firstly this is from the CNN --the last of the MSM to believe.

Secondly Pompeo could turnout to be Trump's worst appointment. If he thinks prosecuting Assange ( probably with some twisting of the law) will stop Wikileaks then he clearly doesn't understand the charactter and motivativation of mavericks ( which most involved in Wikileaks probably are ). This action will just make those mavericks more determined and inspire them to do more.

BTW --does the USA have extradiction agreements with Ecuador to enable this to happen ?

Omega_Man's picture

that will be the end of usa

Catahoula's picture

Assange days are numbered. He would do well to fuck those Pam Anderson fake tits as often as possible now. Nothing but sausage and beans where he's headed...if they let him live. I doubt they will though

WTFUD's picture

Spoken like a true sniveling weasel that you are.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Arrest Sulzberger!

Arrest Bezos!

Ghost who Walks's picture

At this point it appears to be talk aimed at staunching the flow of leaks from within the American Government Agencies.

Other Governments that have had their documents aired have said nothing publically.

It might also be to test public reaction.

I think that this is a very bad idea and would be a trigger or turning point that the Deep State would regret.

If you look at what are regarded as the triggers for the American Revolutionary war it includes;

  • Taxing the population harshly to fund wars
  • Making decisions that affected the populace without reference to their views
  • Making it illegal to stockpile arms
  • Sending out armed troops to search and seize arms and suspects
  • There was a felt need for people to be able to live their lives without interference from the British Government

The authorities then became locked in an escalating situation where they thought they needed to crush the isolated pockets of resistance to demonstrate their control and power.

We all know what happened next.

bookofenoch's picture

Agree. Harm Assange, and it's time.

It's odd, really. The catalyst will be a Australian. No American could do what he has accomplished.

billwilson2's picture

You voted for trump and you are surprised? Not too bright are you?