US preparing charges against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

CNN reported that the US has prepared charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The US will seek to arrest Assange, who is currently residing in the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

Assange cannot easily leave the Embassy, as there is a request for his extradition to Sweden where he is facing allegations of sexual assault and rape.

Assange denies the allegations, and is concerned that after he has been extradited to Sweden, he will be extradited to the US for his role in disclosing secret American documents.

In 2010, WikiLeaks published a series of leaks, provided by Chelsea Manning, which included the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and CableGate (November 2010).

Manning was convicted for violations of the Espionage Act in July 2013.

According to CNN, “prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward”.

Now read: CIA head calls WikiLeaks ‘hostile intelligence service’

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US preparing charges against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange