The US will be reasons for a warrant for the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. American authorities intend to press charges against him of espionage and stealing state property.
The U.S. government intends to press charges against the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. About it reports «Interfax» with reference to CNN. Sources told the channel that it will give the grounds for obtaining a warrant for his arrest.
Washington hopes to blame the journalist and his associates in espionage and theft of government property. Still, the Prosecutor’s office questioned the viability of the case against the Wikileaks founder because of the First amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It guarantees all citizens freedom of speech. Also complicating the situation is that the stolen documents were published, and many of the American media.
However, recently, there is evidence that Wikileaks has helped the former CIA agent Edward Snowden to publish classified material NSA. This gives reason to accuse Assange of complicity in their abduction. Also, FBI Director James Comey said that the first amendment does not apply to Assange, as an Australian not a US citizen.
According to the Minister of justice, the General Prosecutor James and Roman sessions, the situation with the media to publish classified information concerning the us authorities, is already out of control, TASS informs. «We have already begun to take additional steps and how we can create the evidence base, will seek imprisonment for some people,» he said.
Meanwhile, in new York, the American Union for civil liberties stated that a prosecution of WikiLeaks would set a dangerous precedent, which the administration uses a trump against other organizations, specializing in news.
Earlier, Assange said he was ready to surrender to the American authorities, if the previous President Barack Obama will release the Wikileaks informant Chelsea manning. Later, the President signed Executive order commutation of the sentence. However, Assange is still unhappy. He demanded to release manning immediately, whereas, according to the document, it will be able to get out of custody in may of 2017. In the end, Assange refused extradition.
The Wikileaks founder since 2012 he has been hiding in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He’s trying to avoid extradition to Sweden. In this Scandinavian country he is suspected of rape and sexual harassment. Assange himself denies his guilt. He also fears that Sweden extradite him to the US if extradited to the authorities.