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Jeff Sessions announces U.S. will seek charges against Julian Assange of WikiLeaks

21 April 2017 4:01 AM
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Trump's attorney general says that prosecuting Assange will prevent leaks in the future VIDEO

The melodramatic turnabout in the relationship between President Donald Trump and Russia just took a new twist.

Even though Trump once praised WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (and, before that, suggested that he deserved the death penalty), the administration may now be turning on Assange, who by dumping thousands of hacked emails, may have helped Trump become president in the first place.

The Department of Justice is in the process of preparing charges to seek Assange’s arrest, according to a report by CNN. In a press conference on Thursday in which he described Assange’s arrest as a “priority,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that “we are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks. 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.”

Assange’s lawyer Barry Pollack told CNN that “we’ve had no communication with the Department of Justice and they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges against Mr. Assange. They’ve been unwilling to have any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us know what Mr. Assange’s status is in any pending investigations. There’s no reason why WikiLeaks should be treated differently from any other publisher.”


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