Julian Assange. Image: Reuters.
A story in the Washington Post today quotes unnamed "senior law enforcement sources" as saying that US prosecutors haven't yet filed a sealed indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but the nearly three-year grand jury investigation continues.
The report follows weeks of rumors that an indictment was imminent, after the unsealing of an indictment for Edward Snowden. One source quoted in the story says, “Nothing has occurred so far. If Assange came to the U.S. today, he would not be arrested. But I can’t predict what’s going to happen. He might be in six months.”
The Justice Department has unsealed an indictment charging former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden under the Espionage Act. Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong and then Russia, leaked tens of thousands of documents about U.S. surveillance programs that have led to reports in The Washington Post and the Guardian, among other publications around the world.
“Snowden was a person who swore an oath, an employee of the National Security Agency,” said a second senior U.S. official, drawing a line between Snowden’s legal obligations and responsibility, and someone like Assange.
"Assange not under sealed indictment, U.S. officials say" [WaPo, HT: Freedom of the Press Foundation]
Wikileaks has posted a collection of documents ganked from CIA director John Brennan’s email account, which was reportedly hacked by a “teen stoner” earlier this week.
Three years and £12 million later, London’s Metropolitan police has ended its 24/7 surveillance of the Ecuadorian embassy, through which officers kept vigil for the day that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would leave the building.
Wikileaks has published a leaked draft — dated Oct, 5, and thus possibly the final text — of the “Intellectual Property Chapter” of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and it’s grim reading.
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