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    Justice Department Weighs Charges Against Julian Assange

    Justice Department Weighs Charges Against Julian Assange
    By ADAM GOLDMAN APRIL 20, 2017

     
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is weighing anew whether to charge Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, for his role in the disclosure of highly classified information that the United States government claims has harmed national security and diplomatic relations, a law enforcement official said.

    The debate among prosecutors, which the official described as vigorous, is being fueled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said at a news conference on Thursday that arresting Mr. Assange was a priority for the Justice Department.

    The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the details of the discussions remain secret, said senior Justice Department officials had been pressuring prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia to outline an array of possible charges against Mr. Assange.

    But the official said prosecutors remained skeptical that they could pursue the most serious charges, of espionage, with regard to the documents Mr. Assange disclosed years ago with the help of an Army intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning. Ms. Manning was convicted and sent to prison, but President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January.

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/us/politics/justice-department-weighs-charges-against-julian-assange.html?_r=0

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  • Land of Enchantment (6327 posts)
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    1. OVER MY DEAD BODY.

         "Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart." ~ Emily Dickinson  
  • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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    2. Sure. Now that they're in office because of him and Comey.

    Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).
  • resist99 (863 posts)
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    3. If they do this, it will not end.

    Freedom of the press will be gone just like the ban on propaganda. All we will be able to do is assume we are being lied to all the time. This is terrible news.

     

    My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. -George Washington ... We could start by cutting the Defense Budget and stopping all the war propaganda.  
  • leveymg (2490 posts)
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    4. They'll have to arrest half the leadership of the CIA as well,

    if leaking classified materials is really a crime, and they aren’t just being selective about enforcement.

  • snot (829 posts)
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    5. K&R'd.

    There is no responsibility, without freedom; no freedom, without power; no power, without knowledge; no knowledge, without love.