U.S. Authorities Set To Arrest Julian Assange – Report

Authorities believe they have found the loophole that will allow them to ignore the First Amendment and nail Assange.

U.S. authorities claim they have found the loophole that will allow them to ignore the First Amendment and nail Julian Assange, according to officials who claim charges are prepared to arrest the WikiLeaks founder.

A case was opened on Assange in 2010, but prosecutors struggled to find a way around the First Amendment, which afforded Assange and WikiLeaks the right to publish and the right to free speech.

However prosecutors now believe they have found a way to get around the First Amendment, arrest Assange, and put WikiLeaks out of business, after investigators found what they believe is proof that WikiLeaks played an “active role” in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA employee, disclose a massive cache of classified documents.

If WikiLeaks played an “active role” in helping Snowden – rather than simply receiving and publishing the NSA documents – then the authorities may have a case against Assange.

CNN reports: 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.

Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, despite the United Nation’s verdict that he is the victim of arbitrary detainment. In recent months, US officials had focused on the possibility that a new government in Ecuador would expel Assange and he could be arrested. But the left-leaning presidential candidate who won the recent election in the South American nation has promised to continue to harbor Assange.

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.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.”

“We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” he said. “This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious. So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

You can contribute to Julian Assange’s legal defense fund here.

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  • Frank C

    If Trump allows them to arrest Julian Assange for disclosing the corruption in the US Government, all of which greatly assisted in Trump being elected, then I will have LOST ALL RESPECT FOR Mr. TRUMP and the UNITED STATES as a democratic republic and the “land of the free”.

    • Ron Wheeler

      There are a few possibilities why you have not lost all respect for the US and Trump:

      A) You munch daily on: MSNBC / CNN / FOX News and are protected from learning of the terrorist supporting nation of the US and its partners nations
      B) Have not studied the atrocities of the US on other nations and on its own citizens, where the objectives are to colonize the planet and to attain world dominance through greed
      C) Been off the grid for many years
      D) Lastly, have recently become a new reader of non-Western media news such as YourNewsWire and discovering false flags and the trash of your country

      • Frank C

        While none of your 4 excellent points apply to me, I understand how you could think that. I suppose that I simply was hanging on to some blind HOPE that Trump would fulfill his major promise and not just the rather INSIGNIFICANT ones rhat have been vastly overstated such as relieving less than 1 percent of the unemployment.

  • Ron Wheeler

    The question to ask is why did Manning get pardoned? What were the facts studied to give him this pardoned? If this question can be answered, then Assange/Wikileaks case of being a non-state hostile intelligence service is highly discounted.

  • Anne Felippe

    Why arent they concerned about the leaks in the WH? Why arent they concerned about the rice/obama spy and leaks obviously done by them. If they were not so slimy and working against the american people, there wd be nothing for wikileaks to report. In the meantime they are more concerned about who publishes the truth on the slimers and not the illegal activities themselves. Incredible. Typical. Nauseating.

  • Qui tacet consentit

    I believe, if anyone is arrested, it should be all these loons squawking about Russia interfering with elections. Just look at Turkey, Israel, Russia, and others. We have put so many dictators in office, then a few years later, take them out of power by military force. Now, turn about is fair play.

  • cindereller

    If they go through with it then the trial needs to be televised at prime time and streamed on YouTube, every bit, so the world can here in detail about the Podesta, Clinton, and Obama crimes; every single case of pedophilia, pay-to-play, etc., on display!!!!! That would be the only way Trumps administration would be able to redeem.

  • Sabayon Nynn

    Yeah, Assange is the threat. I can’t think of anyone else they might be concerned about.

    • rcwarbirdbuilder

      Concerned about the likes of you.

  • https://myspace.com/loadedcoil Btown

    Huh? Why of all people…

  • angrywhiteman

    MISTER SESSIONS,

    IF YOU DO IT, KISS 2018 2020 BYE BYE. GRANT CITIZENSHIP TO JULIAN, EMBRACE HIM. JAIL OBAMA INSTEAD, HE TAPPED AND HACKED TRUMP’S COMMUNICATION.

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  • rcwarbirdbuilder

    Arrest warrant issued for a true patriot who snitches on the corrupt political establishment puppets. Term limits, end the FEd, stop the Chemtrail spraying and stop GMO in foods.

  • John

    Who in DC should be in jail? Almost everyone? Of course they don’t want their dirty laundry aired. And they may get away with it. But…..someday when we all have to stand before God, no one will be able to lie and they will be judged on Everything they have done. No one gets away with anything. Want to come clean? You can here. ItsHisStory.com

  • Shushia

    So their basing this arrest on the notion that the guy now a girl Manning? Was told by Julian to collect information. I’m not a lawyer but have been on jury…I’m gonna say this notion doesn’t cut mustard…when pigs fly. Julian’s lawyers would rip this apart. Amazing they find this chase more important than the corruption of the past…like 9/11 or CIA Clinton and Obama…if they do go so far as to arrest Julian…Wikileaks should dump everything they have on the US.