DOJ Announces 18-Count Superseding Indictment Against Julian Assange…

The U.S. Department of Justice announces an 18-count superseding indictment (full pdf below) against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Criminal prosecution of Assange is being sought under the espionage act.

(Via U.S. DOJ) […] 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.

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.

[…]  The superseding indictment alleges that beginning in late 2009, Assange and WikiLeaks actively solicited United States classified information, including by publishing a list of “Most Wanted Leaks” that sought, among other things, classified documents. Manning responded to Assange’s solicitations by using access granted to her as an intelligence analyst to search for United States classified documents, and provided to Assange and WikiLeaks databases containing approximately 90,000 Afghanistan war-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq war-related significant activities reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables.

Many of these documents were classified at the Secret level, meaning that their unauthorized disclosure could cause serious damage to United States national security. Manning also provided rules of engagement files for the Iraq war, most of which were also classified at the Secret level and which delineated the circumstances and limitations under which United States forces would initiate or conduct combat engagement with other forces.  (read more)

Here’s the indictment:

 

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291 Responses to DOJ Announces 18-Count Superseding Indictment Against Julian Assange…

  1. steph_gray says:

    Well…

    …this is not the droid I was looking for…

    Liked by 9 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      “Many of these documents were classified at the Secret level, meaning that their unauthorized disclosure could cause serious damage to United States national security.”

      OK, I am willing to give up Assange in exchange for prosecution of Hillary Clinton for having classified and secret clearance documents on her unsecured mail server. If we can move heaven and earth to get Assange, then by all means Hillary should get same treatment.

      Liked by 28 people

      • bertdilbert says:

        PS, I would love VSG Trump to tweet something along these lines and explode some heads!

        Liked by 6 people

      • Streak 264 says:

        But, Assange has been in prison/confinement for many years. Hillary still roams free with no end in sight.
        Hillary will die of old age before prison.

        Liked by 6 people

      • Sentient says:

        IMO, Assange poses a danger to the Deep State Intelligence Community “black hats” precisely because he can prove that Wikileaks didn’t get the DNC e-mails (directly or indirectly) from “The Russians” but from an internal DNC leak. Now that Mueller has said “no collusion”, one might think that doesn’t matter anymore, but Assange could expose that the FBI claim of Russian hacking of the DNC was a lie. The same people who are after Assange were in on the attempted coup against our president. I wish the president would issue him a full and unconditional pardon.

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    • FirstAThenB says:

      Where exactly IS Assange at this moment? Is he on US soil?

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      • jellyby says:

        I think he is still in UK awaiting extradition to Sweden on some rape charge.

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        • Maquis says:

          He’s cooling his heels in a UK prison serving a year for “jumping bail.” Have heard Sweden might renew the debunked rape charges, but myself have seen no action yet.

          Wondering about the motives of those bringing the DOJ charges now…

          Liked by 3 people

          • PatriotKate says:

            Sweden has already made their moves to reinstate the rape charges. Given these new U.S. charges, it will be harder for them to secure him (here in the US) because of the potential death penalty. If he goes to Sweden, he’ll probably be charged with rape again, but I would guess he’d get out of that pretty quickly.

            This stinks to high heaven.

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            • James Carpenter says:

              It is fair (and accurate) to equate the smell of Assange’s treatment with that of a Swamp being drained and gouged.

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            • Rowdyone says:

              If I’m Assange I’d be on the phone to Dershowitz to represent me. As for the charges, in the Pentagon Papers and Daniel Ellsberg case it was held that those who print illegally obtained classified information were not subject to arrest. So the Justice Department must show Assange conspired with Manning and must have evidence to support their contention. Either way, the discovery process will make for some interesting reading .

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      • Now that Jussie Smollet’s court records have been unsealed we discover that Julian Assange has also been interning at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow-PUSH coalition. As with Jussie, Between that and time spent in the Ecuadorian Embassy will be credited as time served.

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  2. progpoker says:

    Unfortunately, after witnessing the abuse of the security classification by our Government and Law Enforcement officials, I think they should give Assange a pass. “Sources and Methods” are corrupt and seem to only be used to shield the abusers from embarrassment. Screw’em!!

    Liked by 28 people

    • Deacon says:

      Couldn’t Agree More! Ef Um!

      Liked by 8 people

    • Rowdyone says:

      Classification abuse is certainly a big part of the problem when ascertaining legitimate intelligence. But what we see here with the Russiagate scenario is just a portion of the overall problem and that is the inherent potential for corrupt use of well intentioned power. Congress allowed the IC to basically do “whatever it takes” to protect America after 9/11. This begat legal massive data collection (as opposed to the illegal kind that was already underway). This power, in the hands of Liberals who believe that “the ends justify the means”, morphed into justification of using it against their political “enemies”, fellow Americans. I firmly believe that any Republican candidate would have faced some variation of Russiagate in the 2016 election given this enormous power they held and their willingness to use it for what they saw as a “cause greater than themselves”.

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  3. Any chance of finding out who hacked the DNC server is out the window.

    Liked by 8 people

  4. SpotTheSpook says:

    Good.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Dave Crawford says:

      Lawbreaker: Hey, here are some documents I stole from the US government.
      Reporter: Okay, I will publish them.
      US Government: Reporter is going to hang! And Hillary will not face judgement. And we will pay for the lawbreaker to have his dick cut off, because social justice.
      SpotTheSpook: Yay!
      Dave Crawford: Idiot.

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  5. TPW says:

    This comes from the FBI who has lots to Hide. Sorry not buying.

    Liked by 13 people

  6. wemoore says:

    And yet, the DOJ cannot indict Hillary, or a few dozen other actual Democrat criminals. W T F ???

    Liked by 11 people

  7. mazziflol says:

    “It was explicitly stated in the State Department cables that the identity of sources was to be protected,” a Justice Department official told reporters on Thursday. “Assange was warned by the State Department not to release the names but he did so nevertheless.”

    Zach Terwilliger, the assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, emphasized that the government was “not charging Assange for passively obtaining classified information.” Rather, he is being prosecuted for publishing “a narrow set of classified documents in which Assange also published the names of innocent people who risked their safety” to help the United States.

    If this is factually accurate…I see little defense for his actions. Bradley Manning did his time for his involvement…looks like it’s Assange’s turn.

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    • They didn’t punish the people who published the document that Reality Winner leaked. Trying to figure out the difference.

      Liked by 13 people

    • convert says:

      Yep. To put innocent people in real danger, maybe even lead to their death, because you believe the govt is wrong, or just because you have a crusade going, can’t be overlooked. I think overall Assange is not a bad guy, but this was a bad move.

      I wish he could tell us all he knows, though, about the Clinton’s, the DNC emails, Seth Rich, all of it. The jig is up, Julian; you have a chance to do more good than any of the other leaking ever did.

      Liked by 5 people

    • thedoc00 says:

      There are way too many politicians just as guilty of outing US Operatives and Operations for such a smug charge sheet. Granted this is serious but here we go again with 2-tiered justice.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Dutchman says:

      If we are going to put it in perspective,…
      WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE, IN THE FIRST PLACE!

      A never ending war, which a PDJT just reiterated in his presser today, never should have happened. Iraq; didn’t attack us on 911, had nothing to do with the towers coming down.

      Just to put it in perspective,…

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    • Kleen says:

      Little defense kinda…like let innocent Americans rot in jail to protect the FBI?

      Political opponents thrown in solidarity confinement and threatened?

      Bankrupting entrapment victims?

      Are they REALLY worried about these sources?
      The same people who let innocent men die in jail?

      The same people violatening our POTUS’ civil rights over and over and celebrating it?

      They want us to belive they care about endangering their sources?

      Bwahahahahahahahahahaha! Good one!

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    • H2 says:

      Assange, however, based on this paperwork is facing 170 years.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Marshall says:

      If I remember correctly, several of our Iraqi helpers moved their families out of the country because of the danger they faced from insurgent forces. Another helper did not see his parents (who lived in a nearby village) for over a year because he couldn’t risk being seen leaving the US base and going home. If they released the names of locals who were helping coalition forces, then that is very serious.

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    • Newhere says:

      Manning is a U.S. citizen who was under a specific duty not to disclose the information to which s/he had access.

      By this logic, why isn’t anyone who *accessed* the illegally published information form Wikileaks website also guilty of a crime? Especially if they knew it was secret and/or illegally obtained. This is a serious question.

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  8. Sue Fowler says:

    And this is the DOJ indictment?
    The DOJ staff should all be summarily FIRED and IMPRISONED!!
    May the underworld swallow them up.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Jeff S schlichting says:

    Wikileaks encouraged people to leak classified information.
    People illegally copied information and gave it to Wikileaks
    Wikileaks then made that information public

    I’m trying to understand how this is different than stories regularly appearing in WaPo or NYT

    Liked by 20 people

    • old45model says:

      I wonder that also, Jeff S. Unless, of course, this is going to be used to set precedent for going after all the others who have engaged in such conduct. That would be a bit of a game changer – but then some of the dodgy decisions of recent times might well have to be revisited.

      Liked by 2 people

    • AghastInFL says:

      I believe Jordan here clarifies the difference in this case:

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  10. I’m way not on board with this. Anyway the Leak is headed to official 911 la-la-land. There’s your Barr chaff and countermeasure.

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  11. thedoc00 says:

    So what is the difference between Wikileaks publishing “classified materials” say vs pick a US News Outlet from doing the same thing?? Granted there are mitigating circumstances making Wikileaks transgression far more egregious but printing known classified materials needs to be punished no matter who does the publishing. Although, perpetrating and participating in the coup vs an elected US President as CNN did, is of equal gravity. Plus Assange is not a US Citizen, while the US News Outlets are US Companies with HQs in the US.

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  12. Eric says:

    There’s no factual basis for the existence of “Chelsea Manning”.

    Liked by 8 people

  13. James F says:

    Why isn’t the NYT reporter who traded sex for secrets from DOJ Wolfe being charged similarly?

    Liked by 12 people

  14. burnett044 says:

    I recall PT saying “we love wiki-leaks….
    Assange did put some focus on crooked Hildabeast…..\bet she is very happy about this all..

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Nigella says:

    Classified documents? When will Hillary be charged?

    Liked by 11 people

  16. cthulhu says:

    Misuse of intelligence apparatus should have a penalty 1000x that of disclosure. That Brennan, Clapper, and Strzok are still walking around is disgraceful. Further, Assange’s time in the embassy should be counted as time served.

    Liked by 10 people

  17. sarasotosfan says:

    Julian Assange, the prophet: “There are numerous cases where people sell information…or frame others or are engaged in genuinely traitorous behavior and actually that is something for the public to know about.” p 15 of 37

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  18. chowgirl says:

    I hope this is Kabuki Theater. This man saved our Country and by extension the world. We owe him a debt of gratitude for the transparency and for revealing the criminal cabal. He’s an important part of History every bit as much as the MAGA and Brexit movements.
    #FreeAssange 🕊🕊

    Liked by 17 people

  19. Zippy says:

    “by using access granted to her as an intelligence analyst to search for United States classified documents”

    Wasn’t “her” a “him” at the time? Genetically he still is, of course, but the “party of science” no longer thinks that’s important. It is so important to honor the anti-science BS pronoun preferences of a Traitor, right?

    Don’t ya’ just love seeing such leftist PC pronoun garbage in an official DO”J” document? Supposedly Trump’s DO”J”.

    Liked by 4 people

  20. cindylou62 says:

    So I guess this means that Christopher Steele, Halper, Misfud and many other foreign citizens will be extradited to the US for prosecution of crimes they commited on foreign soil against the United States. Is this a precedent setting action or has this been done before (discounting GITMO)? Lawyers help me out here.

    Liked by 7 people

  21. titan28 says:

    My view is the same as that of other commentators: why go after Assange when at the same time the New York Times and Washington Post got Pulitzer Prizes for doing the same thing?

    Liked by 12 people

  22. dan understahl says:

    Assange knows too much, deep state is afraid of him, Thus, he must be silenced and or put in jail.
    Jail anyone that challanges the deep state.

    Liked by 8 people

  23. burnett044 says:

    bet that trial will not be on TV…..

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Well now would be a good time for Mr. Assange to produce some evidence of his claim that someone inside the DNC leaked the emails… yes?

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  25. Well now would be a good time for Mr. Assange to produce some evidence of his claim that someone inside the DNC leaked the emails… yes?

    Liked by 2 people

  26. JohnS says:

    I will only consider this indictment legit if James Comey, Hillary Clinton, James Clapper, and John Brennan get indicted too.

    Liked by 6 people

  27. Well now would b e a good time for Mr. Assange to produce some evidence that someone in the DNC leaked the emails… yes?

    Liked by 1 person

  28. tozerbgood8315 says:

    Well now would be a good time for Mr. Assange to produce some evidence of his claim that someone in the DNC leaked the emails… yes?

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Bogeyfree says:

    So how is this any different than the alleged contractors who had unfettered access to the NSA database gathering info on Americans?

    And how is this any different than the Hammer Program that Montgomery alleges was used to spy on millions of Americans again gather their personal information?

    Where is the outrage from these acts if true?

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    • Zippy says:

      “So how is this any different than the alleged contractors who had unfettered access to the NSA database gathering info on Americans?”

      Assange wasn’t doing work for the deep state, they were.

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  30. Gadsden says:

    When are they prosecuting the publishers of the Pentagon Papers? The publishers of Trump’s phone calls to foreign leaders?

    Liked by 7 people

  31. bogeyfree says:

    The Hammer Program went live in 2009 so I wonder is Assange knows Dennis Montgomery?

    Liked by 1 person

  32. James Carpenter says:

    Open-handed simplicity is not the Swamp’s strong suit. If it were, and if reward/punishment were comensurate with intent and impact, Hillary Clinton would go to jail. And Julain Assange would receive a Presidential pardon.

    Liked by 5 people

  33. Justin says:

    Q: “How did you obtain your information, Mr. Assange?”
    A: “Part was hacked, and part was given to me by Seth Rich.”

    Liked by 3 people

  34. Kleen says:

    Bradley Manning was pardoned by Obama.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Dave Hunter says:

    And yet the Washington ComPost and the NY Slimes publish classified information all the time and are given a pass.

    Liked by 5 people

  36. rolfusaugustusadolphus says:

    This is a test case before Barr brings down the NYT, WaPo, CNN, and NBC.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Dutchman says:

      rolf;
      Barr specifically articulated the rule of law means equal justice, without fear or favor.
      Now, let him PROVE it. Bust EVERYONE that can be shown to have solicited or facilitated the publishing of classified information in say,…the last 2 -3 years.

      Bam, bye bye fake news, as NYT’s, CNN, CNBC etc would all be in jail. And 40 FBI agents, 18 Lawyers,…yeah a BIG list.

      Liked by 4 people

  37. Kleen says:

    Yeah he was extremely careless but there was no intent.

    Liked by 5 people

  38. WES says:

    My guess the DoJ, still largely controlled by Dems, wants their pound of flesh out of Assange for Hillary’s 2016 defeat.

    Liked by 5 people

  39. The Devilbat says:

    This really pisses me off. Firstly Manning is a he and not a she. Mutilation of a man’s body does NOT make that man into a woman period. Secondly, the communist in chief pardoned manning of his crimes. He is free and yet they are going after Assange. This makes no sense at all unless those making the charges are Obama holdovers.

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  40. Query says:

    “Manning responded to Assange’s solicitations by using access granted to her as an intelligence analyst.”
    Even the DoJ participates in the ideological charade.
    Manning is a male not a “her”. Don’t believe me? Get a gene test.
    He’s a male who wears dresses with psych problems, that’s all.
    I’d appreciate if govt depts would stop corrupting the language ie. lying. Cognitive dissonance run as Administration policy is teaching our kids to lie, they know Manning is a male, they know they better not say so….amazingly, apparently all this is accepted by the Don?

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    • rvsueandcrew says:

      For the love of God, how many battles does our POTUS have to fight simultaneously? He deserves criticism for not making an issue out of a pronoun?

      Liked by 3 people

      • Query says:

        There’s your problem…you think it’s about pronouns.
        It’s about Truth, a commodity in increasingly limited supply.

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        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re conflating. You wrote two sentences about pronoun/gender. I was referring to your last sentence about the POTUS whom you refer to as “the Don.” “Apparently all this is accepted by the Don.”….. Apparently? Apparent to you.

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          • Query says:

            You’re a little confused.
            The pronoun indicates disrespect for the Truth.
            “Apparently all this is accepted by the Don.”…is accurate, otherwise he’d stop it with a one line memo to govt depts. Not doing that is what makes it ‘apparently acceptable’ to the Don on any reasonable interpretation. You’re getting it now, aren’t you?

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Query, the President has battles which are far more pressing at this time.

      Liked by 1 person

      • badbillbarr says:

        Query is wasting you’re time.

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      • oldumb says:

        A girl did not commit the actions put forth in the above legal document. The SHE in the sentence was referring to a HE, making the legal document incorrect. We expect the exact times, date, names, and sexes. That is no little thing. Yes the President has many battles, most cultural, and he fights them all.

        I don’t think it would be too much for him to tell AG Barr, to have his department use the proper pro-nouns. Small action, big reward. Query, ASSUMED that POTUS45 saw it and was OK with it, I assume neither. But he could handle it.

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  41. Mark McQueen says:

    It’s perfectly to make comparisons to similar criminal activity as long as we’re not making excuses for criminal activity.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      It’s perfectly… acceptable…to

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    • Newhere says:

      Agree.

      I do think it’s a serious question, though, where culpability lies in publication of government secret information.

      One line is clear — government employees and officials whose access it predicated on protecting it. This covers Manning — and Obama, Clinton, Comey, etc.

      I get it that if *publishing* it isn’t a crime, you have a moral hazard. But on the other hand, the ability of ordinary citizens to expose government secrets is also a vital check against abuses of government power. It’s always been an inherent tension/balance; we just happen to live in extremely corrupt times.

      Also, if it becomes a crime to publish stolen information, what about knowingly accessing it? What, really, is the difference? After all, publishing stolen information only really *matters* if people are interested enough to read it. All those people are complicit. The supposed government interest in enforcing classification laws is to prevent unauthorized persons from reading/obtaining the sensitive material. So those with authority to access it have special obligations. There is practically an implicit assumption that the information would be of interest to the public: those without legal access but who might find something useful or interesting — or even critical and compelling to know, as a citizen. So what’s really the legal difference between the individual who obtains information they deem of interest and shares it, and those with who it is shared? The same level obligation to protect and not read the information would seem to apply.

      Main point is that the clearest legal line is between government employees legally bound to protect information and non government persons who come into contact or possession of it.

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  42. Bluto says:

    What’s the point? You have the bathroom server lady, the Chinese spy senator, the leakers on the Senate Intel committee. And you go after this guy? What is worse, assange or the people supposedly working to secure the country?

    Liked by 7 people

  43. Kaco says:

    So this is a priority.

    He is also being indicted in Sweden for those rape charges again. They were dismissed and now recharged? Where is he going first?

    Poor guy, sorry, he helped expose a great deal of how our government is working against us, especially the Democrat party, the CIA drops, too. And our POTUS referred to Wikileaks during the ’16 debates. I feel badly for what has happened. I hope POTUS pardons him.

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    • Dutchman says:

      “especially the Democrat party”;
      IF the RNC and RNCC had been successfully “hacked” do you have ANY doubts we would have seen emails clearly showing the RNCC and RNC were blatantly “colluding” to prevent DJT from winning the nomination or Presidency, and in addition were trying to block MAGA candidates from winning primaries, in Congressional races in 2016 and 2018?

      I don’t,….

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  44. Message to Coup Conspirators.

    If that’s how we handle Assange, do you want a hood for your hanging?

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  45. jello333 says:

    Dear President Trump:

    You are a hero to millions of people, including me. But you should also know that Julian Assange is ALSO a hero to millions of people, including a good majority of your own supporters. Please don’t forget that.

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  46. Kleen says:

    It would not shock me if he becomes the next Benghazi You Tube Video guy for the Russia hoax.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Ah, maybe weisman will come out of retirement, to offer Assange a DEAL;
      Swear the DNC and DNCC (NOT ‘Hillary’!) e-mails DID come from Russia, and the Trump campaign DID collude with you and Russians, and we got a deal.

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  47. 335blues says:

    So now we can expect an indictment
    of Hillary Clinton for the SECRET emails
    she had on an unsecure server that our
    enemies were able to easily hack???
    Hillary Clinton violated the espionage
    act. Where is her indictment???

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  48. Do Stop Thinking About Tomorrow says:

    At this point anything the Deep State does just tighten the nose. This will not end well.

    Liked by 2 people

  49. clodfobble says:

    Deep state does not like it one bit when their evil is exposed.

    Liked by 1 person

  50. jellyby says:

    Assange is getting “hosed” folks! He is a treasure trove of intel on our own rotten politicians!

    Liked by 3 people

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