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Friday, April 21, 2017

U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, U.S. 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 U.S. Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning. Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.

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Last week in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went further than any U.S. 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.

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Assange was right. now watch the rape charges go away.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-04-20 07:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump was so happy with them during the election... Assange thought if he played with US politics on behalf of Russia and Trump, they would protect him.

Out lived his usefulness.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-21 03:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Not if Hillary's minions get him first. Corky's on a plane bound for Ecuador as we speak.

#3 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-04-21 04:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Cookfish is just upset that Assange didn't give him the same treatment he gave those other two women.

www.theguardian.com

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-04-21 05:29 PM | Reply

Pompeo is lying, the only thing the CIA knows how to do. The Obama administration investigated any role Assange may have played in Manning's truthful but embarrassing revelations and came up with nothing. Furthermore, any prosecution would be selective since many other newspapers published the same informtion. The CIA has no legal authority to indict Assange, interpret the first amendment or legislate this matter. Pompeo is totally out of line and unaccountable to anyone, as are everyone working in the Deep State.

The allegation that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents may be the basis for this indictment. It is known Wikileaks aided Snowdens escape, but it should be clear that Wikileaks does not actively seek information. They have a system where whistleblowers can submit documents for publication anonymously.

Sessions certainly has the authority to indict Assange. But, the recently elected leftist President of Ecuador has made it clear he will not cooperate. Besides Trump said he loves Wikileaks, but then maybe there are dozens of other people really in charge.

#5 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-21 05:36 PM | Reply

From Corky's Guardian Post:
Miss "A" did not make a complaint for six days (in which she hosted the respondent in her flat [actually her bed] and spoke in the warmest terms about him to her friends) until she discovered he had spent the night with Miss "W". Similarly, Miss "W" did not file a compliant until she learned about Miss "A".

By other accounts Miss "A" worked for the CIA undercover in Cuba for a very long time and Miss "W" never wanted to file a complaint but was urged by Miss "A" and the police to do so.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-21 06:08 PM | Reply

"Not if Hillary's minions get him first. Corky's on a plane bound for Ecuador as we speak.
#3 | POSTED BY COOKFISH"

Ah, Cookie. Our resident accidental comic.

Please, do tell us why Corky would be flying to Ecuador? You are aware that Assange is in London, right? (No, you are not.)

#7 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-04-21 06:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The CIA is just jealous of his underground James Bind villain bunkers.

www.dailymail.co.uk

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-04-22 06:02 AM | Reply

Please, do tell us why Corky would be flying to Ecuador?

I took that aspect as part of "the joke;" it would be plaintively nonsensical for Assange to be seeking asylum in an _Ecuadorian embassy_ inside Ecuador. Corky flies to mainland Ecuador instead of London because.../That's the joke.

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-04-22 01:26 PM | Reply

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