There has been some speculation that the entire ‘Russiagate’ charade was designed in order to provide a rationale for ‘capturing’ WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
There have also been reports for years that the US was holding ‘grand juries’ with the same ambitions.
As Assange’s lawyer says here, charging someone for publishing accurate information was a “dangerous path for a democracy to take”.
A rather typical path for this democracy to take, but they do seem intent on doing so.
And I know there are those who would cheer his arrest but of course those persecuting Assange are using exactly the same tactics against him as outlined in the Wikileaks embassy cables.
16 November 2018 | Staff | BBC
The US Justice Department is preparing charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, reports in the US say.
The reports came as a filing in a separate court case hinted that charges were being prepared. Justice officials said the filing was made in error.
Mr Assange fled to Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 to evade since-dropped sex assault charges and has stayed over fears of extradition to the US.
It is not clear what charges Mr Assange would face.
However, the US Mueller inquiry into alleged Russian election interference has suggested that WikiLeaks was used by Russian intelligence to distribute hacked material.
US spy agencies say Russia aimed to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election. Russia denies the allegations.
Wikileaks published thousands of emails hacked from Democrats during the presidential race between Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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The separate court case involves defendant, Seitu Sulayman Kokayi, who is charged with coercion and enticement of a minor.
The filing about the case was from a prosecutor in the eastern Virginia state district court, Assistant US Attorney Kellen Dwyer.
In the filing, Mr Dwyer says documents should remain sealed because “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged”.
The documents “would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter”, Mr Dwyer goes on to say.
It was not clear if any charges against Mr Assange had been filed. The Justice Department said the filing was a mistake, without specifying why, while WikiLeaks believed it was a “cut and paste” error.