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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Insurrector's picture

I finally agree with you Mary Mary!

mary mary's picture

:-)   Yay!  Made my day!  Thank you, Insurrector.

VWAndy's picture

 If only we had voted for Romney.

Insurrector's picture

Romney was a good governor for Massachusetts.  Unfortunately once he hit the national scene he had to cater to the the poor victimized 'heartland' and the hypocrisy-ridden evangelistas, the 'unable-to-compete-in-the-21st-century' inbreeders and the 'big Republican agenda.'

He sold his soul to become president and he is done. 

TheLastTrump's picture

Wow. Bbbbbullshit. Romney is the originator of Obamacare in MA. Said medical heaven on earth has crashed just like the national version. No one can pay for all the poor sick people with 150 lb bellies.


Romney is a fucking SCHMUCK NEVER TRUMPER. Fuck that DEEP STATE ass.

Insurrector's picture

I meet your Bbbbbullshit and raise it to TTTTTTitanosaurshitDude, check out your history.  The Heritage Foundation was the originator of Obamacare,

And clearly you don't live in MA like I do or you wouldn't spout such an obvious lie - heaven on earth has crashed?  LIE! (I didn't vote for Romney though).  Works fine here, but honestly in MA we benefit from very low unemployment and probably the best concentration of medical research and care in the world.

Obamacare, Romneycare, Nocare, it doesn't matter.  If someone has no health insurance, then all of us with health insurance pay higher premiums for the uninsured ER visit, which is a fucking ton more expensive than a PCP.

The Heritage Foundation, you know that conservative 500,000 member strong 'think tank', came up with 'Obamacare.'  And in response to Hillarycare in 1993, about 20 Republican senators dreamed up the HEART Act, which differs from Obamacare in only two significant terms:

  1. The HEART Act has 'tort reform'
  2. ACA expanded Medicaid

Research it yourself.  The Heritage Foundation still has Stuart's white paper on their archives > http://www.heritage.org/social-security/report/assuring-affordable-healt...

The individual and employer mandates were Republican ideas.  Romney was not the orginator - he and Gingrich sparred over this during their respective campaigns.  Gingrich didn't abandon the individual and employer mandate until he was campaigning against Romney.

mary mary's picture

Romneycare was the prototype for Obamacare.  That's how they almost always do it.

If noone has insurance, then the price comes way way way down.  Insurance is fascism.  Fascism is theft by destruction of the free market.  When you have no right to say "no", you have no rights, and you will soon have no money.  And that's what we're seeing happen in the USA, and in spades with health care in the USA.

mary mary's picture

Romney sold his soul when he created Bain Capital.

mary mary's picture

:-)   Or, maybe, before that, but for sure by that time.  :-) 

Heard he got 50 pieces of silver, a few billion FED dollars, and a Californication beach house with an elevator for his Rolls Royce.

Jeb Bush started School Testing To Bankrupt Public Schools and Give All Their Money to the Catholic Schools.

Romney started Romneycare To Bankrupt Middle Class Workers And Give All Their Money to the Unemployed/Stay-Home-And-Pump-Out-Babies Class.

Not a dime's worth of difference between Jeb and Mitt.

DoolieDoink's picture

Yet another reason for the world to stop buying products made by The Anericunts.

Please help make America even more shit than it is.

Cutter's picture

Not a big fan of Assange. But if they prosecute him, it will be the greatest case of selective prosecution on the planet. Inconceivable that he could be convicted, given the long history of the MSM publishing classified info under the banner of Freedom of Speech.

If the First Amendment applies to the MSM, it certainly applies to Assange.

Insurrector's picture

Your logic is impeccable.

Unfortunately Assange's motivations may not meet your expectations. 

TheLastTrump's picture

No Constitutional protections apply to Assange. He isn't even in the US let alone a citizen.


Agreed, there's a hell of a lot more people that need indicting before him.


He's a prick though, and doesn't like you Deplorables or lovers of liberty any more then Hilary Clinton did. He bought the mainstream media propaganda on that one, linking Trump support to overt racism & Nazism. Which is what a lot of these shills here are doing.


I find it curious that he could think that way but know full well what lying bloodstained sacks of fucking dogshit the media are. Does not compute that he would follow their lead.



Jayda1850's picture

You have absolutely no concept of what liberty is, you are an enabler and sycophant for those trying to take away our liberties. You are an embarrassment and have done nothing except prove your idiocy for the past 21 weeks you have been a member here.

mary mary's picture

If Julian Assange is a prick, then Thomas Paine was a prick.

me or you's picture

That won't stop Wikileaks.


GoldHermit's picture

Why you ask? He is out of dirt on the Democrats and is getting ready to start on the Republicans.

CHoward's picture

Well - I guess everyone who fucking read any of the information now needs to go off to the gulags!  The United States has fallen so far; it's pathetic, sickening and embarrassing.

Savyindallas's picture

Trump is such an ungrateful asshole. He's not only turned into a warmonger, but now he's pushing the Police State to new limits. 

Wahooo's picture

If this happens I'll be joining the marches. Fuck Drumpf. Fuck Pompeo. Fuck the state.

Is-Be's picture

Join the marches?

That's rather Quixotic.

Further thought required.

TheLastTrump's picture

You already joined the marches. Here. This is a political rally. You're a fucking leftist shill BTW, in case you forgot.

Jayda1850's picture

Trump was always a warmonger(e.g. take Iraq's oil, bring back torture,kill innocent family members etc.). Trump has always supported the police state, he's the so called law and order candidate with private prisons, war on drugs, Jeff Sessions supporting fuckwit who wants to militarize every police force. This was obvious the entire campaign so to say he is becoming is total bullshit.

coast1's picture

why view zerohedge anymore?   just watch cnn

Insurrector's picture

CNN is more consistently reliable, although ZH has better economic coverage.

ebear's picture

plus the comments are funnier than on CNN.

Insurrector's picture

Dude, the comments on ZH is mainly why I'm here.  It's my guilty pleasure, like my wife watching Housewives of New York, except it is interactive.

r0mulus's picture

This little "mini-thread" here looks exactly like one would expect from an automated persona management system: a bunch of unsophisticated bot-like commenters diluting the thread with vapid space.

Insurrector's picture

If so that would be pretty fucking amazing artificial intelligence.

Since when do you let ZH/Tyler decide what lanes we have to drive in?  Your lack of a sense of free will suggests you sir are the bot, unable to escape your narrow programming.

TheLastTrump's picture

More full bore Democratic Underground with a whiff of spoiled CNN.

Truthseeker20's picture

First of all i dont think assange is the real deal. If he was, mainstream media would have ignored him. I think it is really abt making the conservative movement look bad. The NWO wants to destroy the conservative movement. Trump is playing the role.......

stubb's picture

They did ignore him, until they finally realized at the last moment that he was a serious threat to the election of Bathhouse Barry's anointed successor.

me or you's picture

Let's just pray for Kim to turn US into ashes. 

Insurrector's picture

Fuck you.

Hopefully your genes have witnessed their evolutionary exhaustion and your progeny, if not dead yet, will die before they procreate.

me or you's picture

At least I'm not the one getting nuke soon. Hell awaits for you.

TheLastTrump's picture

You went from praying to prophecy in 60 seconds- which is it, are you pleading or telling?

Dilluminati's picture

You're a fucking turd dude.. the sort of POS needing a punch in the throat to avoid the helmet on your fugly head at the next berkly meeting

Insurrector's picture

I have never witnessed, nor seen videos, of a turd fucking.  I assume it must be dried out to maintain turgidity.

Nona Yobiznes's picture

If Trump does this, he's a complete idiot. It just exposes that he has been a totalitarian all along. It was apparent at certain points during the campaign, and especially after the Syria strike, but this is simply too rich.

Julian Assange is a hero who has molded the world through the power of free speech. He pushed Trump over the finish line... I honestly believe Hillary would have won if not for Wikileaks. Fuck Trump, man. I am sick of all the neocon bullshit. Definitely not voting next time.

optimator's picture

If Trump tries this it will simply prove he has been totally subjucated by the Zionist/NeoCon cabal.  Or, that he was always in their clutches.  

One of We's picture

Whether its the war on leaks or the war on drugs .gov hates competition...

Omega_Man's picture

if this happens lefties and the right will get guns and start attacking government officials... perhaps that's what they want

Wahooo's picture

Hoping Drumpf and his fellow orange swamp things get nuked before this happens. Fuck him, his gross wife, faggot son and jewish daughter.

ironmace's picture

Why do you even bother breathing

Rinauldi's picture

I discounted the whole thing at "CNN reported"

Misplacedcowboy's picture

In a report from "CNN"...............   Well there ya go. 

ironmace's picture

CNN, anonymous sources, whatever

lordbaldric's picture


Zepper's picture

So let me get this straight. You have CNN et al. SPEW LIES AND FAKE NEWS DAILY! DAILY! and they get off doing so with absolutely no problems.  

Then you get Assange that just reprints documents from whistle blowers and puts them online and he is suddenly breaking the law. All the info is true, never disputed!!!! Sources protected! Like real journalists!!!


WoW.. Thats some seriously FUCKED UP SHIT!


Assange should be getting a fucking pulitzer, a gold medal, and a Nobel Peace Prize. And two hookers to beat because he has been accused of it and never did it.