Update on WikiLeaks grand jury: no indictment yet, but grand jury continues

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]