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. Whatever Assange did or didn’t do has nothing to do with the crimes associated with the failed coup. His mystique was used as a backdrop only, IMO. It’s part of the diversion.

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    • Carson Napier says:

      Just like the Russians – diversions by the real criminals in the FBI/DOJ/CIA. Hitler had the Jews and they have the Russians, Assange, Snowden and …….. ……… ………… Trump. It is the same show just under a different tent.

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    • WSB says:

      Yes, but those charges could apply to any number of the goons who ARE associated with the Coup d’Etat.

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      • You gotta know if Assange is actually extradited to the U.S. to be prosecuted, Assange, is going to make a deal to show where he got his Hildabeast Clinton emails from for a Plea deal. The Democrats may wish they hadn’t pushed Assange’s prosecution.

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        • WSB says:

          I believe this may be reason the Trump DOJ created the entire package for him doing so.

          Goes back to Rohrbacher’s visit in 2017.

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        • The Demon Slick says:

          This indictment is garbage. He’s a journalist. Manning was a source. Nothing more. Assange was also working with them to redact sources and methods but a wapo reporter leaked everything unredacted. The wapo reporter was noticeably absent from the indictment. Not charged.

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          • Ips Prez says:

            He stopped being a journalist when he actively worked with Manning including providing guidance in obtaining secret information. At that point he became an enemy of the United States and more importantly a mortal enemy of all those whose lives he endangered. He should be shot.

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            • railer says:

              All of the urinalists do that. You’re picking one guy, who went against Swamp and Deep State, and gave them butthurt. If you shoot him, you gotta shoot many, many others.

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            • jello333 says:

              So “he should be shot”, huh? Which obviously means you think he’s a bad guy… a REALLY bad guy. So what does that make his supporters, what does that make the people who LIKE Assange and think he’s a GOOD guy? Huh? If you’ve been reading the comments, you’ll know that a large percentage of people right here in the Treehouse support and even like Julian Assange. You know… the guy who “should be shot”. So… what do you think about US… huh?

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        • Alison Wilson says:

          I would love to ‘like’ this post, but WordPress won’t let me sign in and do so……and yet I can post a reply.

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  2. woohoowee says:

    Heck, all Assange needs to do is make a beeline for the first CBP agent he can find and repeat the magic phrase: “I’m in fear for my life”. After that he’ll be released into the interior of the U.S. and he’s home free b/c nobody else shows up for their hearing, either.

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    • Kintbury says:

      I wonder when we will see the staff at the New York Times in the clink then.

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      • strateshooter says:

        Never.

        Iam 100% POTUS supporter and AG Barr supporter but I think this persecution of Assange is dangerous and STINKS..
        Our society is corrupt , especially our goverments, and we need whistleblowers and mechanisms for them to get their info to us.
        WikiLeaks was a simply a mechanism for them to do that.
        What is the difference between leaking to the NYT and WaPo v WikiLeaks?
        None !!
        Assange is an asset to a free society.
        If Assange prosecuted then all the NYT and WaPo and CNN folks who received info from CIA and FBI on the Russia Hoax should be jailed for same length of time.

        Consistent rule of law needs to apply to all.

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        • snarkybeach says:

          Considering the Vault 7 drop, who’s to say the “evidence” against Assange is real or manufactured by the 3-letter agencies.

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        • Abe Pecota says:

          Or, perhaps by indicting Assange, the Barr DOJ is establishing the precedent that THIS DOJ prosecutes leakers. When they start indicting Americans for all leaking classified, secret, top secret information, the accused won’t be able to LEGITIMATELY cry that it is political persecution. They will say that, but it won’t be legitimate.

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          • Mary Hysmith says:

            Leakers are employees of the gov, either by direct hiring or election. Assange is a journalist whose objective has been to speak TRUTH to power.

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            • Abe Pecota says:

              If you’re right and all he did was publish stolen classified materials than he’ll likely be acquitted. If he did what he’s alleged to have done which is conspired WITH Manning to gain access( password help ) and THEN published said stolen classified materials, well then, that’s something different than pure journalism, right? Let’s give him the BEST legal representation we have in the U.S. and see what happens. And just for the mental exercise, what if his indictment isn’t about the charge but is instead about how best to introduce into evidence what he knows? Maybe there’s a game within a game being played. My guess, however, is this is about the trade….what he’s got that they can get and use in exchange for a plea for something benign like jaywalking. I trust the Barr DOJ is handling this patriotically. My .02…worth ALMOST exactly what I was paid for it.

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          • Frankly, until the DOJ is itself cleaned up, it has no credibility in indicting anyone else. It is just irrational to consider the DOJ legitimate before its clear and present corruption is effaced. They are only playing at being a working system of justice.

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            • James says:

              Harry, you are right. The DOJ and the FBI destroyed their credibility.

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            • Ken Lawson says:

              So, harryhuffman, by your statement you are saying that the DOJ should not be allowed to indict those who plotted the coup against President Trump? The Comeys, Brennans, Clappers, and/or whoever was involved should be allowed to just walk and AG Barr should have no authority to order an indictment. Sorry, there has to be accountability and while there are certainly many who are not trustworthy, if those who committed crimes can’t be indicted then the idea of even trying to fix the system is impossible.

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        • lolli says:

          👍strateshooter

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          • litlbit2 says:

            I’m sure the “new” AG’s on it? As we continue to watch the destruction of the next American. Who new Clinton Body Bags would be a growth industry tailored for today’s agenda. Snarc yep

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        • Carson Napier says:

          Assange, like Trump and Snowden, is a rip-off-the-criminal-deep-state’s mask hero.

          If Assange and Snowden had never been born, Hillary would be President.

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          • Ken Lawson says:

            I don’t think information that became public because of Assange had that much of an impact on the election. You’re giving FAR too much credit. President Trump knew exactly how to market himself to the American people and I have no doubt that a very, very small percentage of voters actually know what Assange made public or that it impacted their vote. People voted for President Trump because of his message, not because of anything else.

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        • Rudolph says:

          The Clinton Foundation whistleblower had his home raided, and we still don’t know why. Cain supposedly had whistleblower protection too.

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        • It could also be possible that they are trying to take him in to custody for his protection because he as a LOT of useful information for Barr that could take down Clinton, Podesta, Wasserman-Schultz, and other Globalist Demons/Democrats.

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          • OldParatrooper says:

            Assange will certainly know whether or not the Russians provided the DNC and Hillary emails, or whether it was Seth Rich. Problem will be determining whether Assange is telling the truth. Unless the FBI or CIA has hacked Wikileaks and already had documentary evidence of the source.

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        • MBB says:

          I agree wholeheartedly. I know Trump would be lambasted if he let Assange go, but i truly hope he has something in mind that we don’t know.

          If Barr would interview him about the coup, Seth Rich etc, he is such a credible and persuasive speaker I think Americans would be fine with his being pardoned,

          Please President Trump, do right by this man

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        • “If Assange prosecuted then all the NYT and WaPo and CNN folks who received info from CIA and FBI on the Russia Hoax should be jailed for same length of time.”

          EXACTLY! In the meantime, consider Assange to be in protective custody.

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        • Padric says:

          If I had to make a guess, and it’s strictly a guess, I’d say that the added charges are to accomplish three things: First, to make sure there is enough weight behind an extradition request. Second, to get him to agree to a plea deal in exchange for testimony on the HRC/DNC emails and Third, permanently shut down Wikileaks as part of that plea deal.While I’m sure the current DOJ sees Assange’s usefulness regarding the emails, I’m also sure the government as a whole (including the DOJ) also want to stop any future leaks to them.

          Nature abhors a vacuum, however, so even if shuttering Wikileaks is part of a deal it won’t take long before another website takes its place.

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      • askandgettruth says:

        never going to happen. they are the mockingbirds for the govt. the killers in DC think it is ok to murder and joke about it until they get caught. its not nice to be a tattletale on the us govt. their old saying WE ALWAYS GET OUR MAN. assange is a hero not a monster. where is the out rage from these other countries ??

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    • De Oppresso Liber says:

      Probably too late now, but the dumb@$$ should have sold the information to either the Norks or the Chicoms, like the Bestial Bride of Bubba, instead of simply publishing it for free……then he would have been home free.

      MAGA!

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      • Carson Napier says:

        Well put as Assange is apparently going to be severely punished for doing America such a good deed – including sparing us a Hillary Presidency.

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    • cplogics says:

      Better still, Assange could say he received classified information from a male military person. That person no longer exists because Manning has changed his identity. Who is going to testify against Assange – the male Manning or the female Manning?

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  3. Kleen says:

    I was just wondering… how many charges for FBI people who leak classified gossip to friendly media, so then, they can use that news report as credible source, to spy and entrap political opposition in order to cover-up their own crimes?

    What if that ever happens?

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  4. clodfobble says:

    So exposing the lies and corruption of the deep state is now a crime (Assange). Covering them up is A-okay (CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, WP, etc, etc, etc). Welcome to Amerika.

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    • Kleen says:

      Yeah but is not always free. Ask Ali Watkins and James Wolf. Sometimes the presstitutes have to “work for it” you know what I mean?

      I bet she is one of those pink hat creatures. Just like Kamala Harris. “Working” to get ahead.

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    • Sofa King says:

      Hehhehehehhe… This isn’t about the charges, it’s about the plea bargain…

      (…..his name was seth rich…..)

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      • Ned Zeppelin says:

        Agreed, with a side order of the source of the Clinton email releases. Asange has a lot of chits to trade. Remember Adam Waldman, Schiff’s and Warner’s lobbyist buddy (also Deripaska) spent a lot of time visiting Assange. I’d like to know why.

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    • strateshooter says:

      Yep…that about sums it all up. Total hypocrisy.
      Friend of Deep State and useful idiot in smearing an innocent President…you get a pass.(eg. Isikoff, Corn , all WaPo and NYT and CNN).
      Not friend of Deep State… go to jail , do not pass Go.

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      • Patricia Dolan says:

        You are right. Assange is a huge witness. He will avenge Seth Rich’s murder. Also, wikileaks just released the ]fake[ moon landing videos never used. Assange has a treasure trove of information that Americans want and that Trump wants us to have. It’s the beginning of the awakened of those still sleeping. It needs to drip out so we don’t overload the snowflakes.

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        • richard verney says:

          If the Moon landings were fake, you can bet your bottom dollar that Russia or the Chinese would have published that information long ago.

          Both Russia and China have been to the Moon. They are not frioends of the USA and they must have detailed photographs of all Apollo landing sites . If Tranquilty base did not exist, that would have been headline news during the cold w@r.

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      • Patricia Dolan says:

        You are right. Assange is a huge witness. He will avenge Seth Rich’s murder. Also, wikileaks just released the ]fake[ moon landing videos never used. Assange has a treasure trove of information that Americans want and that Trump wants us to have. It’s the beginning of the awakened of those still sleeping. It needs to drip out so we don’t overload the snowflakes.

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      • Patricia Dolan says:

        You are right. Assange is a huge witness. He will avenge Seth Rich’s murder. Also, wikileaks just released the ]fake[ moon landing videos never used. Assange has a treasure trove of information that Americans want and that Trump wants us to have. It’s the beginning of the awakened of those still sleeping. It needs to drip out so we don’t overload the snowflakes.

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  5. AmericaFirst says:

    Not sure whether Assange is currently a Swedish, Ecuadorean, or some other citizenship, but what he is NOT is an American. Why should he be legally bound by “secret,” “top secret,” “classified” categories?

    And as a non-American citizen, why should he be prosecuted for release of the same category of materials that as many before me have noted were published by some actual American companies but without consequences?

    The pardoning of Manning was yet another TRAVESTY by the un-American, anti-American Usurper-in-Chief.

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    • nerveman says:

      Interesting point. How can he be bound by US law? Half the Israelis would be in our jails. Espionage is practiced as a matter of fact by State Governments.

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    • Deb says:

      Classified material is the property of the US government. He published stolen documents.

      And I thank God that he did.

      I hope PDJT will commute his sentence at the end of his second term. I’ll bet the Swamp will prolong the legal process to try and prevent it.

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    • Newhere says:

      Really good point. We have strayed so far from basic principles.

      Actually this point is damning for Australia and Ecuador (oddly, Ecuador granted Assange citizenship not long before turning the screws on him ….).

      Think if it were an American. By this same application of law and view of citizenship, Russia or China could chase an American citizen — who’d never stepped foot in its soil — around the world, threatening to hold him/her accountable under its domestic laws for obtaining reams of sensitive defense and diplomatic material from one of its own nationals, and releasing it. Notwithstanding Russia’s or China’s national security claims, the American claims a broader public interest in making the material free to the world.

      What would the U.S. do? And what if it were a 5-eyes partner, or NATO member, trying to prosecute a U.S. citizen? Would we allow the citizen to be extradited? Does it matter what information was published? And from whose perspective is that judged?

      Are you and I bound by China’s view of its own national security, such that with the stroke on our keyboard — something implicating its IT secrecy, for example — we’re susceptible to extradition? What about France or Germany?

      This isn’t just an exercise in moral equivalence. It’s about basic concepts of citizenship and the reach of legitimate authority.

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    • Keln says:

      Yeah, I really don’t know how any of these charges, with the exception of one, could apply to a foreign national who wasn’t even within US boundaries. There is no difference between what they are claiming in most charges and a foreign news agency publishing classified information given to them by a leaker.

      The only charge that could be applicable, the same as charging any foreign spy, would be helping Manning to decipher a hash key. Because that would make Assange complicit in the actual theft of classified information. But again, not being physically within the jurisdiction of US law, I am not sure how even that charge can really stand up in court. Our laws do not apply to the entire world. They apply to US citizens, immigrants, and visitors within US jurisdiction.

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    • emeraldcoaster says:

      Minor correction: Manning not pardoned, sentence commuted. While freed eons too soon, the dirtbag is still a convicted felon.

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  6. Frank says:

    I think it’s a fake-out. Press lots of charges so the UK thinks we’re going to bury him in prison. Let him be convicted, then Trump swoops in with the almighty pardon.

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  7. Bogeyfree says:

    Remember that Congressmen Dan Rohrabacher Met with Assange back in August 2017 and said this……

    The details of the meeting would have “an earth-shattering political impact” because they proved the Russian government had no role in providing WikiLeaks with the DNC emails.

    I still believe PT will pardon Assange in exchange for his testimony and proof that Wikileaks did not get DNC emails from the Russians.

    The timing is sure right IMO when you couple this revelation and possible proof regarding the DNC emails along with the declassification documents that are coming.

    IMO these two unveiling’s absolutely destroy the Russia Collusion frame job along with destroying the Mueller report.

    And if those two things go up in smoke and you prove the dossier was known to be unverified and false when the FISA was submitted and you prove if true that Mifsud was paid by those on the left then you have IMO a strong case of treason/sedition to take down a sitting President.

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    • Ray Runge says:

      Certainly agree “the time is right” When the actual perpetrator of the theft, Chuckie Manning, has already been pardoned, Mr. Assange can supply just another Lynch pin to the coffin of the cabal of coup plotters.

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    • De Oppresso Liber says:

      Assange very likely has the goods on our “special relationship” partners trying to overthrow our duly-elected president, in my opinion, and is why they want(ed) him dead. He probably used Rohrabacher as his very own insurance policy.

      I hope he doesn’t get the Whitey Bulger cell assignment in prison.

      MAGA!

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    • Dutchman says:

      Reports I have seen indicate PDJT did not meet with Rohrbacher, after he metcwith Assange.
      Understandable, since at that time PDJT was,the subject of inveztigation for collusion with Russia.

      However, we know Dennis Rodman played a crucial role in establishing relationship/communication with Kim.

      There was an actress, (sorry, cerebral flatulence, can’t remember her name!) Used to be in Bay Watch. She visited Assange, had lunch and visit with him.

      If your going to use someone as an emissary, and can’t sneak em in back door, put flashing lights on them.

      Her visits were reported, but quickly dropped. Just sayin,…

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  8. sarasotosfan says:

    The indictment is soaked in irony. Beside Assange prophesying regarding the framing of others and traitorous conduct being hidden from view, the indictment cited a phone call alleged to have been made by a member of the Taliban to the New York Times and is quoted in the indictment.

    This is the same DOJ that has been actively using the NYT to peddle their flagrantly false narrative. And this is the same newspaper willing to conceal government misconduct in the quest to destroy the President.

    I hope this circus gets a full airing and at its conclusion Assange walks free.

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    • Judith says:

      We already know that the DOJ will routinely frame the innocent and as well as protect the guilty. Does anybody fall for their bs anymore?

      DOJ has jumped the shark. There was no Russian hack, everybody knows it was SETH RICH, who was murdered in cold blood to protect Hellary.

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  9. litenmaus says:

    Goodness gracious. Right there in the indictment is mention of Hillary’s Diplomatic Cables……the discovery phase on that portion of the charges alone should be most enjoyable. (I wonder how many of the unpublished ‘cables’ in Assange’s possession, will be found to be missing from the State Department archives)

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  10. M Droy says:

    Craig Murrays blog a few days ago
    It seems that he broke bail after the judge ruled that he should use the French version of EU laws, and not the English version (they are equivalent).
    Apparently “Judicial Authority” means different when spelt “autorite judiciaire”

    part of his blog:
    The judgement against Assange in the UK Supreme Court on the point of whether the Swedish Prosecutor constituted a “judicial authority” hinged on a completely unprecedented and frankly incredible piece of reasoning. Lord Phillips concluded that in the English text of the EWA treaty “judicial authority” could not include the Swedish prosecutor, but that in the French version “autorite judiciaire” could include the Swedish prosecutor. The two texts having equal validity, Lord Phillips decided to prefer the French language text over the English language text, an absolutely stunning decision as the UK negotiators could be presumed to have been working from the English text, as could UK ministers and parliament when they ratified the decision.

    I am not making this up – you will find Phillips amazing bit of linguistic gymnastics here on page 9 para 21 of his judgement. Again, it is impossible that this would have been done to anybody but Julian Assange; and had it been the outcry from the MSM against the preference given to French wording and thus French legal tradition would have been deafening. But given the state’s unhidden animus against Assange, it all was passed quietly with the law simply amended immediately thereafter to stop it happening to anybody else.
    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/05/the-missing-step/

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    • Dutchman says:

      Equally bisarre, in british voting, the results are in, and Mays government MAY well have collapsed, but because britains election results, if announced, could effect other EU elections in 27 other countries of EU, british results can’t be announced til Sunday.

      Since May was delaying walkaway, which was SUPPOSED to happen like, 2 months ago, one could say a Farage victory would mean britain, HOLDING Assange, would be OUT of E.U.

      Wonder if thats why DOJ pulled the trigger, now?

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  11. His name was #SethRich

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  12. Kleen says:

    Assange is new Benghazi You Tube video guy.

    “The You Tube video”

    “The You Tube video”

    “The You Tube video”

    Poor guy spent a year in jail. And had to hide to save his life.

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  13. Kleen says:

    I don’t know who Assange really is. He could be a very bad guy working for China or Russia or both.

    But I know the cabal who is indicting him. They are bad guys.

    I’m not convinced the agencies have been desinfected… huh huh… ooh hello Wray! Hello Boente!!!! Coats?

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  15. Robert Osterhout says:

    Interesting timing. If I understand correctly, Sweden has reinitiated the sexual assault charges against Assange and may have first rights of extradition after he fulfills his time incarcerated by the British. Given the timing of the espionage charges, the increasing exposure of the British intelligence services working with ours to take down a duly elected President, and President Trump’s visit to the Queen in early June, perhaps our extradition will jump to the head of the line!!

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  16. Query says:

    This about “pour encourager les autres” in Blog land.
    Exclusively about elite political embarrassment.
    But assuming that Assange is stupid might be a very big DoJ mistake. What other stuff does he have? That might become obvious during the plea bargain.

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  17. youme says:

    This thread was written about the first criminal complaint against Assange

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1117865895446102018.html

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  18. Zippy says:

    Hopefully those charges intended to cause Assange to shut up about what he probably knows about some misrepresented “hacks” do not succeed.

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  19. Petrel says:

    Since when can a man born in Australia — a foreigner — be charged with Treason in US Court ?

    Then again, in the case of the Pentagon Papers, the US Supreme Court has already declared that news media may publish US classified materials obtained from a US citizen — Ellsberg — because of 1st Amendment protections. So under what Supreme Court mis-representation may the DOJ go after Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange?

    We come to B / C Manning. The DOJ clearly realizes that the Wikileaks indictment violates our Freedom-of-the-Press 1st Amendment, is very weak and in need of fake testimony by Manning. Despite his / her full pardon by a sitting President, Manning was re-arrested for the same offense he / she was tried, condemned and served prison time.

    Whatever happened to our Constitutional protection against re-arrest etc. for the same offense?

    When, Manning refused to participate in a corrupt indictment, he / she was imprisoned for 63 days, 28 of these in solitary confinement, then presented to a Grand Jury in DC. Manning refused to co-operate in a frame-up of Assange at the Grand Jury, so the DOJ obtained a Judicial Order putting Manning in prison once more, with a daily fine of $500 — rinsing to $1,000 after 60 days — if he / she obstinately refuses to fabricate lies. So we now have US Courts in DC that see their job as advancing a Police State and not providing a shield against coercive overreach by the Federal Government.

    Many of us have little sympathy for an officer of the US Military leaking information to the media when there were other avenues to expose malfeasance. But at this point, B / C Manning paid his dues, is resisting overwhelming coercion by the DOJ to lie and is a profile in courage.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Manning never “paid his dues”. S/he was pardoned by “Obama The Illegitimate”.

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      • Petrel says:

        Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on August 21, 2013. President Obama reduced his sentence in a pardon and Manning was released May 17, 2017 having served just shy of 4 years in prison after conviction and 7 years in total.

        mikeyboo — I am a big defender of President Trump and pray for his re-election in 2020. But, unlike the Dems who trash President Trump, I honor President Obama as a twice elected Head-of-State.

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    • Carson Napier says:

      “Since when can a man born in Australia — a foreigner — be charged with Treason in US Court ?”

      Since we followed Alice down the rabbit hole.

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    • Your defense is predicated on incorrect facts.

      There’s no treason charge pending against Assange. Read the indictment. The new 17 counts are all under the Espionage Act, and all related to obtaining and disclosing National Defense information without authorization. The government’s position is that Assange is not a journalist, but is instead a trafficker of stolen classified information.

      If the court agrees that Assange is a spy, not a journalist, then First Amendment protections won’t apply. I’ve no idea if that case is strong or winnable.

      Manning never received a full pardon. The original 35-year sentence was commuted, except for four months. A commutation shortens a sentence, but the subject remains a felon. She was not re-arrested for the same charges. In 2019, the charge was contempt of court.

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      • Query says:

        On that basis the prosecution has almost no chance.
        Assange “not a journalist” or not a publisher of journalism (same protection) is a bizarre claim. He has one of the most widely known, world famous, investigative websites that provides information to the public by collation of documents and information. More singular but in exactly the mode of the Drudge Report, Drudge himself doesn’t write opinion, he collects stuff.
        The Pentagon Papers were “stolen classified” information eventually found to be 1st Amen. protected, I believe.
        Think they’ll have to do better than “not a journalist”. What happens when the entire editorial / journalistic staff of the world’s ten biggest newspapers say he is? Some Judge going to say he knows better?

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        • Maybe so. I’m not a lawyer. They might argue that even though he’s a journalist (of a kind) that this wasn’t an act of journalism, but of spying. I’m not sure whether they really want to convict, or to pressure him for a deal.

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          • Query says:

            Ok.
            Spying for whom, I wonder?
            Spies don’t publish their information, which by definition is proprietary to a client.
            Spying for the American people is the defence I’d run.

            The relevant regulations specifically state that govt classification cannot be used to cover for incompetence, misdeed, embarrassment, crimes etc…… that seems very relevant.

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  20. youme says:

    The website DailyKos reported on a smear campaign plot to falsely accuse Julian Assange of pedophilia.

    Here is the description of the plot from Mr Assange’s legal team, the investigative report into the front company and associated correspondence. An unknown entity posing as an internet dating agency prepared an elaborate plot to falsely claim that Julian Assange received US$1 million from the Russian government and a second plot to frame him sexually molesting an eight year old girl.

    The second plot includes the filing of a fabricated criminal complaint in the Bahamas, a court complaint in the UK and laundering part of the attack through the United Nations. The plot happened durring WikiLeaks’ Hillary Clinton-related publications, but the plot may have its first genesis in Mr Assange’s 16 months’ litigation against the UK in the UN system, which concluded on 5 February 2016. (Assange won. The UK and Sweden lost and the US State Deptartament tried to pressure the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), according to its former Chair, Prof. Mads Andenas.)

    https://wikileaks.org/Background-and-Documents-on-Attempts-to-Frame-Assange-as-a-Pedophile-and.html?update3

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  21. Matthew LeBlanc says:

    This news disturbs me.

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  22. L4grasshopper says:

    Manning was pardoned.

    So how bad could this non American guy’s crimes be?

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  23. Carson Napier says:

    The only person those of the Deep State / Royalist State hate even more, and would like to imprison for life even more, and would like to execute even more than Julian Assange is … … … … Donald Trump.

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  24. grlangworth says:

    Some say that Julian Assange is the most dangerous man…

    But there is an apt precedent, and we should carefully review it first:

    http://archive.pov.org/mostdangerousman/timeline/

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  25. Joshua2415 says:

    If the story is accurate, then the indictment is fatally flawed. They could even get Bradly Manning’s sex right for crying out loud!

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    • Maquis says:

      Getting it right is called “mis-gendering” these days, and has been made a crime in some jurisdictions. I shan’t comply.

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  26. Carson Napier says:

    The main difference between Julian Assange and Paul Revere is that Paul Revere was heard by far fewer people, but they listen much better.

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  27. youme says:

    Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now?
    by Julian Assange

    It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system.

    So just how close is Google to the US securitocracy? Back in 2011 I had a meeting with Eric Schmidt, the then Chairman of Google, who came out to see me with three other people while I was under house arrest. You might suppose that coming to see me was gesture that he and the other big boys at Google were secretly on our side: that they support what we at WikiLeaks are struggling for: justice, government transparency, and privacy for individuals. But that would be a false supposition. Their agenda was much more complex, and as we found out, was inextricable from that of the US State Department. The full transcript of our meeting is available online through the WikiLeaks website.

    The pretext for their visit was that Schmidt was then researching a new book, a banal tome which has since come out as The New Digital Age. My less than enthusiastic review of this book was published in the New York Times in late May of this year. On the back of that book are a series of pre-publication endorsements: Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Michael Hayden (former head of the CIA and NSA) and Tony Blair. Inside the book Henry Kissinger appears once again, this time given pride of place in the acknowledgements.

    Schmidt’s book is not about communicating with the public. He is worth $6.1 billion and does not need to sell books. Rather, this book is a mechanism by which Google seeks to project itself into Washington. It shows Washington that Google can be its partner, its geopolitical visionary, who will help Washington see further about America’s interests. And by tying itself to the US state, Google thereby cements its own security, at the expense of all competitors.

    Two months after my meeting with Eric Schmidt, WikiLeaks had a legal reason to call Hilary Clinton and to document that we were calling her. It’s interesting that if you call the front desk of the State Department and ask for Hillary Clinton, you can actually get pretty close, and we’ve become quite good at this. Anyone who has seen Doctor Strangelove may remember the fantastic scene when Peter Sellers calls the White House from a payphone on the army base and is put on hold as his call gradually moves through the levels. Well WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison, pretending to be my PA, put through our call to the State Department, and like Peter Sellers we started moving through the levels, and eventually we got up to Hillary Clinton’s senior legal advisor, who said that we would be called back.

    Shortly afterwards another one of our people, WikiLeaks’ ambassador Joseph Farrell, received a call back, not from the State Department, but from Lisa Shields, the then girlfriend of Eric Schmidt, who does not formally work for the US State Department. So let’s reprise this situation: The Chairman of Google’s girlfriend was being used as a back channel for Hillary Clinton. This is illustrative. It shows that at this level of US society, as in other corporate states, it is all musical chairs.

    That visit from Google while I was under house arrest was, as it turns out, an unofficial visit from the State Department. Just consider the people who accompanied Schmidt on that visit: his girlfriend Lisa Shields, Vice President for Communications at the CFR; Scott Malcolmson, former senior State Department advisor; and Jared Cohen, advisor to both Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, a kind of Generation Y Kissinger figure — a noisy Quiet American as the author Graham Greene might have put it.

    Google started out as part of Californian graduate student culture around San Francisco’s Bay Area. But as Google grew it encountered the big bad world. It encountered barriers to its expansion in the form of complex political networks and foreign regulations. So it started doing what big bad American companies do, from Coca Cola to Northrop Grumman. It started leaning heavily on the State Department for support, and by doing so it entered into the Washington DC system. A recently released statistic shows that Google now spends even more money than Lockheed Martin on paid lobbyists in Washington.

    Jared Cohen was the co-writer of Eric Schmidt’s book, and his role as the bridge between Google and the State Department speaks volumes about how the US securitocracy works. Cohen used to work directly for the State Department and was a close advisor to both Condolezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But since 2010 he has been Director of Google Ideas, its in-house ‘think/do’ tank.

    Documents published last year by WikiLeaks obtained from the US intelligence contractor Stratfor, show that in 2011 Jared Cohen, then (as he is now) Director of Google Ideas, was off running secret missions to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan. In these internal emails, Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice President for Intelligence and a former senior State Department official, describes Google as follows:

    “Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do… [Cohen] is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the shit-bag.”

    In further internal communication, Burton subsequently clarifies his sources on Cohen’s activities as Marty Lev, Google’s director of security and safety and … Eric Schmidt.

    WikiLeaks cables also reveal that previously Cohen, when working for the State Department, was in Afghanistan trying to convince the four major Afghan mobile phone companies to move their antennas onto US military bases. In Lebanon he covertly worked to establish, on behalf of the State Department, an anti-Hezbollah Shia think tank. And in London? He was offering Bollywood film executives funds to insert anti-extremist content into Bollywood films and promising to connect them to related networks in Hollywood. That is the Director of Google Ideas. Cohen is effectively Google’s director of regime change. He is the State Department channeling Silicon Valley.

    That Google was taking NSA money in exchange for handing over people’s data comes as no surprise. When Google encountered the big bad world, Google itself got big and bad.

    END

    http://cryptome.org/2013/08/assange-google-nsa.htm

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  28. youme says:

    Google is tracking you (even in airplane mode)
    You’d think that having your data/wifi turned off would stop it, but no…

    https://www.wimp.com/google-is-tracking-you-even-in-airplane-mode/

    https://qz.com/1131515/google-collects-android-users-locations-even-when-location-services-are-disabled/

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    • CM-TX says:

      And you are 100% correct re. Airplane Mode. It’s not secure. I experienced this several times, firsthand. This was while contending with an open & visible hack on my phone– which soon became a very crowded place.

      It was under the guise of being “cleared”, but for a matter of the ❤️ the purpose. I could never fully correlate the 2… the evolving details never added up. TBF, these narratives aren’t well thought out, so are often full of holes. It’s also coming from those who truly are sick people! (eg. stolen valor of a recently fallen– used to prey upon the related grief)

      I’m really just an at-home mom, passing time with a common hobby. It just so happens I’m good at digging online. Coupled with my political leanings, it’s the only reason I can fathom for being targeted.

      It did occur to me fairly quickly, a more sinister objective was at play. And pretty much confirmed upon recognizing certain psychological/cyber tactics & tools (meant for warfare), were being utilized against me.

      I’d eventually thwart most of the directives– noticing it was seemingly geared towards making my phone appear more “spy-like”. Although initially, I did go to extensive lengths to eliminate the invasion, some comical. But that effort soon proved futile.

      The story is long– this went on for months… so I’ll save it for another day.

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  29. Mark says:

    So Barr is clearly on board with this.

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  30. Carson Napier says:

    There are two kinds of patriotism — monarchical patriotism and republican patriotism. In the one case the government and the king [read as Deep State / Royalist State and the DOJ/FBI/CIA] may rightfully furnish you their notions of patriotism; in the other, neither the government nor the entire nation is privileged to dictate to any individual what the form of his patriotism shall be. The gospel of the monarchical patriotism is: “The King [read as Deep State / Royalist State and the DOJ/FBI/CIA] can do no wrong.” We have adopted it with all its servility, with an unimportant change in the wording: “Our country [read as Deep State / Royalist State and the DOJ/FBI/CIA] , right or wrong!” We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had:– the individual’s right to oppose both flag and country [read as Deep State / Royalist State and the DOJ/FBI/CIA] when he (just he, by himself) believed them to be in the wrong. We have thrown it away; and with it all that was really respectable about that grotesque and laughable word, Patriotism.
    – Mark Twain

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  31. John says:

    I can not help but wonder why Hillary Clinton isnt being indicted. When you read this indictment, this jumps out at me, “unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense.”

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  32. Kleen says:

    BOOOOOOM

    Trump just order all docs be declassifed!!!!!!

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  33. Carson Napier says:

    There are two kinds of patriotism — Deep State patriotism and Freeman patriotism. In the one case the Deep State with its DOJ/FBI/CIA may furnish you their notions of patriotism; in the other, neither Deep State with its DOJ/FBI/CIA, nor the entire MSM is privileged to dictate to any individual what the form of his patriotism shall be. The gospel of the Deep State patriotism is: “The Deep State with its DOJ/FBI/CIA can do no wrong”. Far too many have adopted it with all its servility, with an unimportant change in the wording: “ Deep State with its DOJ/FBI/CIA , right or wrong!” We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had:– the individual’s right to oppose both the Deep State with its DOJ/FBI/CIA and the MSM when he believed them to be in the wrong. We have thrown it away; and with it all that was really respectable about that now grotesque and laughable word, Patriotism.
    – Mark Twain [updated for 2019]

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  34. Kleen says:

    This is breaking news…

    President Trump: “Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election. The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.”

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  35. Truthfilter says:

    Not one serviceman or woman was killed as a result of the Manning leaks. Not ONE. I don’t care that Chelsea Manning is a gender identity freak. I don’t care that Julian Assange is a liberal. I want transparency. What the hell happened to those weapons of mass destruction or was that a big fat cover-up? Wars are profitable to our superiors. Eisenhower warned us.

    Both of my brothers served in Iraq/Afghanistan but for what? What has the USA gained from the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-4) or the now 15+ year conflict in Afghanistan? Throughout these “necessary” wars, we have had thousands of invaders cross our southern border on a daily basis.

    We have vets without limbs and too many who commit suicide. All of THIS FOR WHAT?
    Until that question is answered, I salute Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Julian Assange and anyone else who at least has the balls to be truthful. Screw the national security interests and the sources and methods. What good has it done besides line the pockets of our worst and most corrupt politicians?

    I love and would take a bullet for this country and its Constitution. But I spit on the NSA, CIA, FBI, DNI, Congress, and all the other acronyms that represent the agencies and arms of the Deep State.

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    • Truthfilter says:

      9-11 would have never happened if our immigration laws had been enforced.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Carson Napier says:

      “Both of my brothers served in Iraq/Afghanistan but for what? What has the USA gained from the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-4) or the now 15+ year conflict in Afghanistan? We have vets without limbs and too many who commit suicide. All of THIS FOR WHAT?”

      1,00up votes.

      Nothing even remotely worth the price in lives, limbs and treasure has been gained. It has been one big OEI (Operation Enduring Insanity). We can thank Bush, Obama, the CIA and the Pentagon, the Generals of which have awarded themselves all sorts of medals and ribbons for their disasters..

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  36. Meanwhile Sidney Blumenthal walks free.

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  37. I support Assange and Wikileaks and I thought POTUS did, too.

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    • Carson Napier says:

      He should as without them Hillary “Crime Wave” Clinton would be President and DJT would have been successfully framed and imprisoned.

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  38. MR52 says:

    Was checking out a link and discovered this about the DNC. I don’t recall the Treehouse covering this. It details all the claims by the DNC of Russian collusion. Has anyone seen this?

    DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE,
    Plaintiff,
    v.
    THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION et al.,
    Defendants.

    https://cryptome.org/2019/04/dnc-241.pdf

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  39. GSparrow says:

    The leaking of the military secrets demands justice but Manning has already been prematurely pardoned for that. The DNC e-mail releases are in their own category IMO.

    I don’t know if Assange will ever see the inside of a U.S. courtroom or not, but if he is questioned by DOJ officials, they should suggest his sentence will be reduced if he reveals, with clear cut evidence, who hacked the DNC e-mails or gave the hacked or downloaded data to Wikileaks.

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  40. Funny how the NY Times and WaPo do the same thing as Assange and they aren’t prosecuted.

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  41. Daniel Brookbank says:

    Sorry. I won’t vote for Trump if this goes forward. Done. Say what you want CTH sycophants, but not having it. Freedom of the press. More essential to us on the right than the left.

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    • cantcforest says:

      We have very little free press today. We have a multitude of agencies of the Deep State, corrupt globalists and self-absorbed billionaires reporting however it pleases their bosses.

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Perhaps all is not what it seems. Obviously, Assange knows who gave Wikileaks the leaked emails. Could there be a strategy here?

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  42. Hap Hazard says:

    Excellent development !! Assange (a criminal), worked with and provided favors to leakers who subsequently leaked classified national security information, which he then published.

    This is EXACTLY what the MSM did. They encouraged people like the staff of the Intelligence Committee to release classified information (in return for sex, etc). They are all royally screwed now, and will be indicted just like this criminal Assange.

    WINNING !!

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  43. Liberty ONE says:

    Manning as previously noted by other comments was SENTENCED to 35 yrs in 2013. After serving 7yrs Obungo COMMUTED his sentence. I remember reading an article where Manning was going to drop a bombshell. Also remember this is also when Crossfire Hurricane was going on! In May of this year he/she was returned to prison for CONTEMPT in that he/she/it refused to testify before a new Grand Jury. He/she/it will sit there for at least 18 unless he/she agrees to testify. Obviously, this indictment v. Assange was part and parcel of that GJ with the superseding indictment.Yes, this could be a message to the “LEAKERS” that were AND still are around in the Swamp OR there is something going on behind the curtains possibly a deal with Assange wherein Manning takes the heat! Remember Manning was the “messenger” , Assange took theinfo and used it.IT looks like Assange CAN blow the doors off of the D/S so who’s more important?

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  44. eric says:

    cnn should be…in my opinion.
    the press in this country hasn’t existed in a long,long time.
    they are press secretaries and opinion pieces.
    we don’t have journalism or journalists any more.

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