US prepares charges to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange



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Attorney general says taking action now a ‘priority’ – months after Donald Trump gave whistleblower his support

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The US sees the arrest of the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange as a priority and is finally preparing charges after years of doubts over the viability of prosecuting.

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US attorney general Jeff Sessions told a press conference yesterday he is focusing on arresting Assange, who has spent the past four years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

“It is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,” he said.

WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of classified US documents from 2010 onwards, many relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

A large number – nearly three-quarters of a million documents – were stolen by former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, who is now serving a 35-year prison sentence.

Under Barack Obama, the US Justice Department investigated but decided it would be …read more

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