U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange

(Zero Hedge) 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.

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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.

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  • meddah4

    Nawww. WHO would you rather have? Main Stream Media or Assange? Don’t arrest him. Hail him! Assange did America a favor when Main Stream Media didn’t. Thanks to WikiLeaks, I was gladly informed. WikiLeaks gave Donald Trump an ally when the GOP and main stream media disowned him. Indict main stream media! 5h!7 on the Rinos!

    • Paul Songy

      CIA may try to cover up what CIA had done wrong. Don’t think WikiLeaks is the problem.

  • Fed up!

    How about spending tax payers money on going after Obama and Hildabeast for treason.

  • CJS

    Can the US charge a foreign citizen with treason against the US? Assange claims to be publishing material and the US claims that what was published is stolen material. It is like being subject to US copyright law when you publish abroad. The only way a foreign citizen can be subject to US law is for the foreign government, Australian to give him up. If the US says that RT is a propaganda tool, and they do, can they charge RT with violations of US law for damages to reputation that are probably intended?