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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Sturm und Drang's picture

If not now, when people?

How many times does DJT have to say "fuck you" before you realize the glove has been thrown down.

jomama's picture

Well folks, apparently CNN is "Real News" once again!

Americans have the attention spans of goldfish.

Seasmoke's picture

Trump goes after Assange. Trump lets Hillary go free. This game show host is a joke.

john316jr's picture

This could be the way to get him to release whatever other cards he is holding.  I'm betting that he has some information on Obama Administration as an insurance policy  (too early to have anything substantial on Trump).  Trump knows this and is getting him to open the door to info that otheriwise won't be able to come out.  I could always be way off.  

 

 

pine_marten's picture

If only you were right..........

squid's picture

Bro!!!

 

My new favourite avatar.

Lovely!

 

Squid

DEMIZEN's picture

please dont quote cnn. it makes you look really bad.

chickadee's picture

Freedom of the press gone is the first amendment gone. Now you can start worrying about the second amendment. And then and then.....

Abaco's picture

Assange is not a US citizen and does not reside in the US.  He is NOT subject to US laws. Even if he were he would be as protected (lawfully) as the NY Times was with the Pentagon papers.  FUCK the US government and FUCK any asshole in DOJ that would participate in prosecuting Assange in even the most minimal way. THose fuckers deserve to hang!

GRDguy's picture

They're calling it "non-state intelligence" because "state intelligence" doesn't exist.

And what they call "national security" is to give security to THEM from the nationals.

Such a sad state of affairs.

Reaper's picture

Over each of our courts flies an invisible to most banner: "Abandon all hope for justice, equity, or any rule of law ye who enter here."

First amendment: Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.

Judges refuse to allow juries to know they can reject a law, nor do judges allow a defense that the law is unconstitional, unjust or repugnant to decency. 

smacker's picture

If Trump allows this arrest warrant to go thru, anybody who still has lingering doubts about whether he is playing 4D chess and will come right in the end should forget it. This action will be proof positive that Trump is a blustering con-man who never intended to MAGA. He.is.just.another.Deep.State.operative OR someone has a lot of dirt on him.

Add to this his failure to pursue the Klintonista, his failure to nail FBI-Comey and Rice, the sacking or sidelining of half-decent people in the Whitehouse in favor of more of the usual suspects, his crazy threats to the guy with the funny haircut in NK, and any lingering benefit of the doubt about him evaporates.

Millions of Americans have been conned.

Wee_littte_dogee's picture

Makes sense; it is just to damn impractical to arrest all three branches of the US government.

hotrod's picture

Wow  more of the OBAMA AGENDA,   Where is the Trump tweet stating this is fake news?

Evil Liberals's picture

Assange - hero to the world, antagonist to tyranny.

Insurrector's picture

And wanted for extradition to Sweden to face rape charges.

Elevating Assange to the level of hero / angel / truth speaker is granting a false idol too much legitimacy.  Why is Assange silent about Russian ne'er do welling?  Is Russia a pure state, devoid of sin or malfeasance?  Are your blinders on too tight fellow ZHers?  Is he truly fair and balanced?  Does he release all of the information he has?

Just because his leaks fit your world narrative, you should not relax the skepticism necessary for enlightened understanding.

In the past he has released PII, and compromised American operatives in the field, putting their lives in danger.  A convenient narrative that the world is black and white is just ideological nonsense, bordering on delusional religious faith.

logicalman's picture

Based on what he's given up for what he believes in, he is a man of principle.

How many in government can you say that about. A clue: you can count them on the fingers of one foot.

What have you ever given up for your beliefs?

All the info coming out of Wikileaks checks out.

Again, how much government info can you say that about.

Hopefully you are starting to see a pattern.

 

Insurrector's picture

I don't claim that Assange is unprincipled, nor that the information he provides is inaccurate.  I have no way of proving or disproving either claim.

I can't claim to have given up that much up for my beliefs other than the freedoms I enjoyed when I was single, which i gave up for the benefit of my children and family.  I didn't follow Assange's path early on, and now that I am a father, I cannot in clear conscience sacrifice as Assange apparently has.

I also don't know his true motivations, or how selective his releases are. I do find it ironic that Wikileaks operates in a shroud of secrecy as opaque as the organizations he claims to expose.  Even the 'informal advisory board' members are puzzled their names are cited by Assange as some of them have never communicated with him or anyone claiming to represent Wikileaks.

There is evidence that Assange is not a neutral messenger.  Many times in the past he has rebuted interpretations of his leaks that don't fit his narrative.

There is a Mother Jones article about him that repeats a oft-told tale that Assange is selective in his release of information, and questions if some of his material was directly hacked by the organization: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2010/06/wikileaks-assange-tor-new-yorker

There is also a great article in the MIT Technical Review about Wikileaks that is worth reading > https://www.technologyreview.com/s/421949/everything-you-need-to-know-ab...

Not sure that all of the Wikileak information checks out, but most of it probably does.  Some leaks have exposed corporate wrongdoings, and some leaks have been debunked.  On the whole I suspect most of the info is legit.  But I do suspect his motivations are to direct the narrative, and given that it is purported there is evidence that the leaks have been selective, and he has admitted to being the final arbiter for release, he has motivations that are no longer in alignment with those ascribed to when Wikileaks was founded over a decade ago.

I also disagree that you can count the number of principled government employees on 'the fingers on one foot' (I'm resisting a smart ass comment about that mistaken description).  That is a careless whitewashing.

Crusader75's picture

Revenge of the deep state. Commander Heel Spur is powerless but gets to wear the bomber jacket with the patches. So manly.

Pumpkin's picture

Then Fuck Trump!  When the truth is the enemy of your government, your government is leaque with Satan.

 

“I am the way and the truth and the life....."

hotrod's picture

HAHAHAHLOLOLOLOLOLHHAHAH    So the first charges levied may be against Assange??????   Not Lerner, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Hillary, Abedin, Obama, Rice, Jarrett, Brazille, Creamer, Podesta, Holder, Wasserman, etc etc etc.  

Until the Swamp is cleaned this Nation and Government will never be trusted by the people. 

stubb's picture

Exactly. Instead of Trump and Sessions punishing the entrenched criminal syndicate that Assange exposed, the entrenched criminal syndicate he exposed is going to punish Assange. Ain't America great? 

Lock her up! blah, blah, blah, ha, ha, ha, the joke's on us. Fuck, maybe that idiot Bill Ayers was right after all. 

bookofenoch's picture

You forgot to list weiner

Insurrector's picture

Koch brothers are far more dangerous and have the Republican establishment kissing their ring fingers.

stubb's picture

Wow. The intelligence sector is taking their complete triumph over Turncoat Donny Trump and running with the ball. They're wild with victory and hopped up on hubris. The sky's the limit. They can now officially do absolutely anything they want to, and they want the whole world to know it. 

cui-bono's picture

Assange / Wikileaks is the clearinghouse for American patriots, the Reveres sounding the alarm.  An example must be made to destroy good men who would warn us of increasing tyranny.  My my, how life in Amerika has changed since 911, the "new Pearl Harbor."  A few Arabs with box cutters who could not pilot a plane for jackshit brought us to our knees.  Yeah, right.

BabaLooey's picture

INDICT CANKLES.

NOT JULIAN

JESUS H. FUCKING CHRIST TRUMP.

WHAT THE FLYING FUCK IS GOING ON UP THERE?

 

Falconsixone's picture

Tack that to the board with Bush, Soros and Kissinger.

besnook's picture

yea, but illegal aliens.

Opinionsareus's picture

How many Trump supporters are now just coming into the realization, thus: "I've been CONNED!

Mighty 30's picture

MOst of us are just watching braindead amoeba trying to parrot what the main stream propaganda holes are depositing in millennial minds... I should say empty heads.

Davidduke2000's picture

When trump started going back on his promises , Alex Jones defended him, then he turned on Bannon , he still defended him, then he attacked Syria, jones flipped at first because his viewers got mad, then he was able to hold the tide and started praising what trump did for the economy which is nothing , now I am waiting to see what alex jones will come up with as trump is going after the man he handed him the keys to the white house. shame on this turncoat , what an embarrassing asshole for president .

He is even attacking Canada , that will make Canadians mad and will come to washington and burn the white house for the second time in less than 200 years.

Thinkor's picture

Jeff Sessions heads the DOJ, not Donald Trump.  If may be that Sessions found that Assange has broken Federal Law and should be prosecuted for it.  The situation could be very like the use of the MOAB in Afghanistan -- an action taken by a subordinate who Trump is not going to second guess.

holgerdanske's picture

Trump trumps swamb?

Swamp trumps Trumb?

TheLastTrump's picture

Dumb troll swamps logic boat?

dexter_morgan's picture

Seriously? Or did you hear it on CNN?

mtanimal's picture

If they do this, they will go down in history as the biggest POS administration in history.

Consider that no charges have been filed against Hitlery, Pedosta, Obama, Lynch, Holder, et al, and they are all within the jurisdiction of the US and have signed lifetime non-disclosure agreements for life. Assange is Australian, and broke no laws - just published data handed to him.

Insurrector's picture

Did he publish all of the data or was it selective?

What about the RNC hacked emails?

Karl Marxist's picture

You stupid Zerohedge fucks! Trump went to Lolita Island! He was compromized from the get-go. Israel owns him and us. The Bomb is coming and that's the Zionist end game. All dead -- them safe.

Insurrector's picture

You make me laugh as I suspect others do at your ISIS-inspired troll speak.

runnymede's picture

The time for hysterics is not yet. Consider the source of this info.  Might be a trial balloon to see general reaction. Might be genuine fake news. the CiA infant asylum might be wetting themselves at getting Assange nervous, but that's a long way from anything serious actually happening like extradition. Remember, these folks invented psyops. And we know the IC has had MSM on the payroll since forever.

Assange has data WMD---Do not discount that. I suspect that it is pedo related. Someone's got that info besides Weiner laptop/eff-bee-eye

 

WarPony's picture

'Sange is getting the Timmy McVeigh treatment (cosmetic surgery and relocation to S.American safe house as an asset who served NWO purpose = he's been outed).

Wiki Leaks first owner was Cryptome's See-eye-Aye Chief Nicholas Natsios a career CIA officer."

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_worldmostdangerouswebsite.htm

See also:

https://www.rt.com/usa/380335-cia-hacking-wikileaks-morell/

https://wisethedome.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/wikileaks-is-a-rothschild-operation/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Julius_Baer_v._WikiLeaks

And, as for the Warner bros whore who spirit cooks and pizza gates:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9iGqH4XoAATdm7.jpg

https://twitter.com/AssangeIsCIA

 She be all up in his biznezz:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pamela-anderson-weighs-french-presidential-race-behalf-julian-assange-n748151

 

 

Schlub's picture

Truth Baadddd! Make Sun go away!

VWAndy's picture

 So hows that voting thing workin for ya. Jusy so ya know it looks like the same pig to me.

mary mary's picture

"The pig is in the chute".  Hunter S. Thompson, regarding Bill Clinton.

mary mary's picture

I'm still going to keep voting.  At least it makes a difference in local elections.  When the Constitution was written, there were only 1 million Americans.  Now there are 350 million.  Same system doesn't appear to work.  Like taking a sail off a sloop and putting it on an oil tanker, and expecting the oil tanker to sail around the world.