The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed the affidavit in support of the arrest of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Assange was indicted on March 6 for for conspiring to commit computer intrusions by assisting Chelsea Manning with breaking a U.S. government password. He is charged for violations of 18 U.S.C. §§371, 1030(a)(1), 1030(a)(2) and 1030(c)(2)(B)(ii).
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Julian Assange’s arrest was a long time coming. After seven years hiding in Ecuador’s London embassy and a number of false alarms, the WikiLeaks founder was finally evicted from the building and passed to British law enforcement on April 11. Though journalists and commentators have long speculated that U.S.
Michael Cohen’s prepared testimony alleges that Donald Trump knew in advance that WikiLeaks would release DNC emails.
In light of rumors that Julian Assange’s stay in Ecuador’s London embassy is coming to an end, what legal trouble would the WikiLeaks founder face in the outside world?
There are a number of competing interests weighing on the question of whether the intelligence community should provide more information about what WikiLeaks is and how it operates.
The National Security Law Podcast, Episode 14: Potential Assange Charges, and More From Some Island in the Pacific
[Note: we are working to sort out a challenge with the embed code, so for now we are simply linking to the NSL Podcast home page. For Episode 14, please just click here.]
On Saturday, apparently in protest at President Trump’s missile strike on Syria, the group that calls itself the Shadow Brokers dumped the rest of its cache of stolen NSA hacking tools.
Wikileaks once again successfully hacked the media, shaping discussions into deliberately deceptive ways.
We are happy to report that Episode 7 of the National Security Law Podcast ("The Less Prep the Better") has just gone live. In about 42 minutes, we discuss:
- the Trump allegation about being wiretapped
- the Trump allegation about GTMO recidivism (and the Spicer follow-up about just when judges got involved in ordering GTMO releases)
- the Vault7/Wikileaks mess