US News WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges in the US

09:56  21 april  2017
09:56  21 april  2017 Source:   Business Insider Australia

CIA chief Pompeo brands Wikileaks a 'hostile' spy agency

  CIA chief Pompeo brands Wikileaks a 'hostile' spy agency The director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, has branded WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence agency," claiming it represents a threat to US national security. The group has been accused of swaying the 2016 presidential election. In his first public speech since being appointed as CIA chief, Pompeo on Thursday said WikiLeaks was often abetted by other countries, adding that the group had "no moral compass." He claimed that - rather than opposing dictators and autocratic regimes - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was guilty of siding with them.

The Department of Justice is reportedly considering criminal charges against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange for their roles in several leaks dating back to 2010, multiple news outlets reported on Thursday.

If WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ever ends up in a US courtroom, prosecutors could face an uphill struggle trying to convict him, given America's legal safeguards for publishers, analysts say.

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The Department of Justice is reportedly considering criminal charges against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange for their roles in several leaks dating back to 2010, multiple news outlets reported on Thursday.

WikiLeaks was one of several publications that published sensitive military files obtained from a former US Army intelligence analyst several years ago -- and more recently dumped thousands of documents that it said detailed the hacking tools and techniques used by the CIA for foreign espionage in what appeared to be the largest leak of CIA documents in history.

Jamshedpur court acquits ex-parliamentarian Shahabuddin in triple murder case

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With WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing a possible jail sentence, governments working to shut down his anti-secrecy network may yet have a victory to celebrate. But media experts believe that leaks will continue.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds up a copy of the Guardian newspaper during a press conference at the Frontline Club in central London, July The Obama administration has asked Britain, Germany, Australia and other allies to consider criminal charges against Julian Assange for his

Potential charges against WikiLeaks include conspiracy, theft of government property, or violating the Espionage Act, according to The Washington Post and CNN.

Assange is currently living out of an Ecuadorian embassy in London -- avoiding arrest for a separate warrant for a rape charge stemming from Sweden. Much to the US's chagrin, president-elect Lenín Moreno, who was recently confirmed the winner of Ecuador's presidential election after a recount, has endorsed Assange's safety and had no plans for his extradition.

It was unclear whether an official memo on the matter, still in the early stages, was drafted to pursue charges for the organisation's role in leaks that damaged the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election.

Jamshedpur court acquits ex-parliamentarian Shahabuddin in triple murder case

  Jamshedpur court acquits ex-parliamentarian Shahabuddin in triple murder case Former Siwan parliamentarian and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin was acquitted on Monday.Jamshedpur additional district and session judge Ajit Kumar Singh acquitted the jailed politician because of lack of evidence against him.

Julian Assange , the founder of the Wikileaks website, was at the centre of an News of the warrant came as the Wall Street Journal reported that Pentagon lawyers have concluded that Wikileaks acted illegally in disclosing the military documents, and are now considering possible criminal charges .

WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges … The US is debating whether to charge Wikileaks founder Julian Assange , US media report. The organisation, which publishes confidential documents, has …

In 2010, WikiLeaks made available to the public thousands of classified cables and documents from the military and the State Department. However, during President Barack Obama's tenure, the Justice Department decided against charging WikiLeaks, reasoning that it would be too difficult and similar to prosecuting a news organisation that published classified information, The Post reported.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said prosecutors were taking another look at the previous administration's findings.

"We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks," Sessions said in a news conference on Thursday. "This is a matter that's gone beyond anything I'm aware of."

"We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious," Sessions continued. "So yes, 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."

It’s France’s Turn to Worry About Election Meddling by Russia

  It’s France’s Turn to Worry About Election Meddling by Russia Moscow and its state-run news outlets are churning out fake and slanted reports to bolster favored politicians, just as in the U.S. last year, critics say.“The Return of Fillon to the Head of Opinion Polls,” declared the bold headline, contradicting other French polls suggesting that the onetime favorite had fallen to third or even fourth place as he battled corruption charges.

WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges … The US is debating whether to charge Wikileaks founder Julian Assange , US media report. The organisation, which publishes confidential documents, has …

WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges … The US is debating whether to charge Wikileaks founder Julian Assange , US media report. The organisation, which publishes confidential documents, has …

In the more recent leak in March, top-secret files were published -- allegedly by way of a CIA employee or contractor who operated a tool normally used by the spy agency to infiltrate various electronic devices, from smartphones to smart televisions and computers.

Thousands of top-secret files were leaked after the infiltrator used an "attack code" -- which could be used to break into products from companies like Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft -- to "gain unauthorised access to computers and smartphones," especially if software updates meant to patch certain vulnerabilities weren't available. The breach has since been referred to as "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks.

CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak delivered a stern rebuke against WikiLeaks for its part in Vault 7.

"The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries," Horniak said. "Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm.

It’s France’s Turn to Worry About Election Meddling by Russia

  It’s France’s Turn to Worry About Election Meddling by Russia Moscow and its state-run news outlets are churning out fake and slanted reports to bolster favored politicians, just as in the U.S. last year, critics say.“The Return of Fillon to the Head of Opinion Polls,” declared the bold headline, contradicting other French polls suggesting that the onetime favorite had fallen to third or even fourth place as he battled corruption charges.

WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges … The US is debating whether to charge Wikileaks founder Julian Assange , US media report. The organisation, which publishes confidential documents, has …

WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges in the US . The US is debating whether to charge Wikileaks founder Julian Assange , US media report. The organisation, which publishes confidential documents, has …

The Justice Department's charges also coincides with the sharp rhetoric from CIA director Mike Pompeo earlier this month, who called WikiLeaks "a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia."

Representatives for WikiLeaks -- who claim that the US Justice Department had not discussed the matters with them despite requests -- remain steadfast in their belief that there is "no legitimate basis" for the Justice Department to treat their organisation differently than other news outlets, The Post reported.

"The fact of the matter is -- however frustrating it might be to whoever looks bad when information is published -- WikiLeaks is a publisher, and they are publishing truthful information that is in the public's interest," said Barry J. Pollack, Assange's attorney. "Democracy thrives because there are independent journalists reporting on what it is that the government is doing."

Pollack also added that he wished the new administration would be "more respectful, not less respectful of the First Amendment than the prior administration was."

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