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The Department of Justice announced an 18-count grand jury indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Thursday afternoon, including violations of the Espionage Act. The indictment alleges Assange had a “role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.“

“The superseding indictment alleges that Assange was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense,” DOJ released in a statement.

“Specifically, the superseding indictment alleges that Assange conspired with Manning; obtained from Manning and aided and abetted her in obtaining classified information with reason to believe that the information was to be used to the injury of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation; received and attempted to receive classified information having reason to believe that such materials would be obtained, taken, made, and disposed of by a person contrary to law; and aided and abetted Manning in communicating classified documents to Assange.”

In April, Assange was kicked out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after living there for years to avoid arrest. He was dragged out of the building and immediately taken into custody by UK authorities. He is currently serving in prison there for failing to surrender back in 2012. Once his sentence is concluded, Assange is expected to be extradited to the United States.

“Assange is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each count except for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, for which he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison,” DOJ released.

“Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. William Fleming

    May 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Leave this HERO alone!!!

    • Arlene

      May 24, 2019 at 1:02 am

      William Flemming ~ I agree! He is a HERO!!!

  2. Kathryn Lycksell

    May 24, 2019 at 2:46 am

    The public had a right to know we were being surveilled by government, also how the DNC was hacked, how the signature could be assigned to any country and the truth about Hillary. The only so called betrayal of national security was being caught in dirty deeds. Assange is a journalist, they have freedom of the press. This is all about Mueller making Assange a scapegoat to cover for Democrat corruption. Any dirty acts were done by the abc agencies and their cronies.

  3. leftwing wtach

    May 24, 2019 at 6:51 am

    With the President set by the justice department he had no intent to do wrong he was being a journalist! Hillary had no intent according to Comey!

  4. Jay

    May 24, 2019 at 8:03 am

    George Webb is weeks ahead of everybody on most everything, including this, some things he’s been as much as a Year And A Half of everyone. Didn’t you ever wonder Why Manning got $300,000.00 Plus worth of Trans meds, Surgeries, Hormones, etc. in Prison when the average Joe can’t even get needed dental work after years in jail? He cut a deal with The Clowns to try to entrap Assange! He tried several times to get Assange to Make Suggestions on how to Get then transmit information. Manning’s “Reward” for doing his part was getting turned into a He/She just like his real-life Lover was doing so they could be together as Trans “Women”= S-I-C-K. By the way….Snowden, Assange & Manning all have the same PR guy…..sounds like “state” support, doesn’t it?

  5. Wes

    May 24, 2019 at 11:03 am

    While I don’t agree with leaking confidential government information I think it has revealed an even larger problem in how our government does business and what it does with private personal information. In this case Julian Assange has exposed the lack of transparency where it should have been practiced.

  6. Pasquale Gelardi

    May 26, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Actually, one is guilty until they prove their innocence in California

  7. E G MUSK

    May 27, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Assange is a Hero, no question about it. These sh.theads don’t want their bad deeds exposed. I think they’re too late.

  8. Grace Joy

    June 8, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    It would be great if Trump pardons him. He needs to be sent to USA; & go through the trial first, though. I wonder if he’ll survive that long.

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