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    US Prepares To Arrest Julian Assange

    Washington (CNN)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


    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.H e 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.

    US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton, as part of a broader operation to meddle in the US 2016 presidential election. Hackers working for Russian intelligence agencies stole thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and officials in the Clinton campaign and used intermediaries to pass along the documents to WikiLeaks, according to a public assessment by US intelligence agencies.

    US prepares charges to seek Julian Assange's arrest - CNNPolitics.com

    I appreciate the effort, even though probably nothing will come from it. Assange is untouchable as long as he remains in the Ecuadorian embassy, and Ecuador has not changed its stance on Assange's extradition.
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    Yeah, about time. I wonder if it was the CIA leak that finally prompted the US to put out a warrant for his arrest?
    Last edited by Eve1; 20th April 2017 at 03:36 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Washington (CNN)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


    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.H e 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.

    US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton, as part of a broader operation to meddle in the US 2016 presidential election. Hackers working for Russian intelligence agencies stole thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and officials in the Clinton campaign and used intermediaries to pass along the documents to WikiLeaks, according to a public assessment by US intelligence agencies.

    US prepares charges to seek Julian Assange's arrest - CNNPolitics.com

    I appreciate the effort, even though probably nothing will come from it. Assange is untouchable as long as he remains in the Ecuadorian embassy, and Ecuador has not changed its stance on Assange's extradition.
    There were rumors circulating last week online that claimed Pres Trump was meeting with various leaders from South America and other places off the record. One claimed had been Ecuador. The rumors appeared to be squashed, but just this morning its coming out that maybe they did indeed occur. So far it looks like Colombia had leaders meeting Trump secretly at Maralago, so maybe he met with someone with Ecuador as well? Guess we will see.

    Trump holds secret meeting with Colombian opposition | Miami Herald

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    "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,"
    And we could offer Manning time off her sentence in return for this kind of testimony against Assange...

    oops. Or not.
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    I remember that Ass Hole trump shouting "I love wikiLeaks"...Hard to trump being in on Assaunge's arrest.....Still Ecuador is having an election...A new government may want to get him out of their Embassy

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    US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

    That's a good move by us.
    We may not get him, but it
    puts Russia and the world on notice.
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    "But if the US Department of Justice prosecutes Assange, as it reportedly may soon, he could become something else: the first journalist in modern history to be criminally charged by American courts for publishing classified information. WikiLeaks may not look like a traditional journalism outlet, but it shares the same ends—publishing true information from its sources. And that means legal action against Assange could threaten the freedom of the press as a whole."

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2...-freedom-trial
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    And we could offer Manning time off her sentence in return for this kind of testimony against Assange...

    oops. Or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    "But if the US Department of Justice prosecutes Assange, as it reportedly may soon, he could become something else: the first journalist in modern history to be criminally charged by American courts for publishing classified information. WikiLeaks may not look like a traditional journalism outlet, but it shares the same ends—publishing true information from its sources. And that means legal action against Assange could threaten the freedom of the press as a whole."

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2...-freedom-trial
    I tend to agree. There is a clear case against Chelsea Manning and even Edward Snowden, since they were sworn not to share classified information with anyone without the clearance to receive it. Even though Snowden's revelations lead congress to reform and restrict the government's ability to collect data on US citizens, and I think we are all better off having learned about those programs and in my opinion had a right to know about them, the cases against them are pretty clear cut. Like it or not, Assange is a journalist. He publishes things that people bring him. Even if he asked them to bring them to him, I don't see the crime in that.

    The idea that the US government has the right to punish someone for publishing things that are true, but which the government doesn't want revealed is a bridge too far for me. If the government wanted the stuff kept secret, they should have done a better job protecting it. Going after people for publishing the truth is a bad idea. The cat doesn't go back into the bag.
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    If what was revealed was illegal activity then it's not a crime. Whistleblowing is not a crime. It's a civic duty.

    Manning and Snowden didn't differentiate. That's why they're punishable. But the reporter? Who had no duty to follow classifications? Yeah. That's a stretch.
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