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Will the DOJ Press Charges Against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks?

Written by  Mary Chastain

Jeff Sessions has called the arrest of Assange a “priority.”

Sources have disclosed to the media that federal prosecutors have started to consider pressing changes against Julian Assange and other members of WikiLeaks.

The case against the whistleblowing organization spans all the way back to 2010 when it published “diplomatic cables and military documents” to present day when it published the CIA’s hacking operations in March.

The other day, officials told CBS News that the FBI and CIA have started an investigation into those leaks in March.

Former President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice chose not to pursue action against WikiLeaks because they concluded “that doing so would be akin to prosecuting a news organization for publishing classified information.” Plus, those officials decided they would face difficulties to bring about those charges since other organizations published the 2010 documents from U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley (Chelsea) Manning.

The prosecutors also found it difficult to determine “whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange.”

Officials within the DOJ have started to draft “a memo that contemplates charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, possibly including conspiracy, theft of government property or violating the Espionage Act.” However, those at the top of the DOJ will need to sign off on any charges against WikiLeaks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Read more at LegalInsurrection

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