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      Wednesday
      Dec152010

      U.S. Conspiracy Charges Prepared Against Assange, Manning

      Inside sources say the U.S. Justice Department is preparing charges of conspiracy to violate espionage and computer protection laws against Julian Assange, in order to avoid bringing charges against mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times.

      The indictment is being prepared by a secret federal grand jury organized by the Justice Department in Alexandria, Virginia, and is expected to name imprisoned American soldier Bradley Manning as a co-conspirator. Other American professors and technicians will likely be charged with accessory roles.

      The government has intercepted email communications between Assange and Manning over a period of time.

      Those who say there is no basis for the prosecution are "dead wrong," says one source close to the proceedings. "The government is going to avoid all the freedom of the press issues," the source added.

      The 1917 Espionage Act includes a provision on conspiracy. In addition, a 1985 law dealing with computer protection will be employed to gain the indictment.

      The speed of the U.S. grand jury process underscores the legal and political importance of any extradition hearing in the UK or Sweden, where Assange is facing possible charges of non-consensual sex. An extradition hearing now is scheduled for January 11 in London. 

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      Reader Comments (4)

      This is terrible that the American Government is arrogant enough to charge someone for embarrassing them. What have we come to when we let corporations constantly commit fraud and corruptly buy congress critters, that our congress does not act in the interests of the citizenry except if you are rich, a two tier class warfare happening before our eyes, and now we are bending the 'rule of law' by attacking a journalist we don't like.

      What a sad day!

      December 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkcbill13

      There's no doubt that we have a half-assed government to begin with but it definitely does what's good for the government and when you look at the citizenry who run, and are, the government, they are the wealthy. Should we really expect any more of them? Only when it gets even worse than it is for more than are already hurting, will we see much of a change.

      December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon Storing

      Below are 4 short articles that explain why Manning should be freed


      Collected and written by Kevin Stoda, living outside USA & Watching USA fail to do what is right

      On Wednesday, I wrote to the USA Secretary of State and asked the USA Government to cease and desist from distracting the public from war crimes and torture issues related to Wikileaks and the persecution of honest whistle-blowers in the USA federal government. http://eslkevin.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/more-people-to-go-to-jail-just-say-no-ms-clinton/

      I am also calling specifically for Bradley Manning, who is a WHISTLE-BLOWER and AMERICAN PATRIOT is being punished for revealing such crimes, acts of kidnapping, torture, false arrests. Instead I ask that all the torture and war-crimes be investigated. The world is watching. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/2/un_special_rapporteur_juan_mendez_instead

      Report: British Police Await Arrest Warrant for Assange

      WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is facing an international warrant for his arrest. Earlier today, Sweden’s highest court refused permission for Assange to appeal an arrest order issued over charges of alleged rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. Assange has denied the allegations and said he is the target of a smear campaign. Assange could now be arrested on the sexual assault charges in any of the 188 countries that are part of Interpol. The Independent of London is reporting British police believe he is inside Britain and are awaiting orders to place him under arrest. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/2/headlines

      Amazon Drops WikiLeaks Website

      WikiLeaks’ website meanwhile was temporarily shut down on Wednesday after the online giant Amazon dropped it from its servers. Independent Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Amazon had acceded to his demand to stop hosting WikiLeaks. In a post to its Twitter account, WikiLeaks said, “If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.” In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley criticized Assange for calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to resign over her orders for U.S. diplomats to spy on foreign officials. P.J. Crowley: “Mr. Assange can say what he wants from wherever he is, speaking from an undisclosed location through Skype, as I believe it. There’s a metaphor there, in that he is calling for the secretary to step down at a time where he is trying to evade an active warrant by Interpol. The Secretary of State, by contrast, is in Kazakhstan engaged directly with global leaders working to solve the world’s challenges. And there’s a sharp contrast in the current activity of the two individuals.” Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder As new revelations emerge, the international law enforcement organization Interpol has issued a global arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. A Swedish court issued an arrest warrant for Assange on charges of rape and sexual molestation last month after the prosecutor initially dropped the case. Assange has denied the allegations and said he is the target of a smear campaign. He is also under investigation in the United States and could face charges under the Espionage Act. Assange’s current whereabouts are unknown.

      Huckabee Calls for Execution of Alleged Leaker

      The soldier accused of leaking the classified documents to WikiLeaks is facing intensified public vilification. Speaking at a book signing, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said that Private First Class Bradley Manning should be executed. Bradley was arrested in May. Mike Huckabee: “Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason. And I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.” http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/1/headlines#3

      In fact, if Hillary Clinton fails to stop persecuting good Americans and non-Americans, perhaps she should consider resigning as the following snippet of news from Wednesday:

      AMY GOODMAN: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did speak to Time Magazine from an undisclosed location on Tuesday. Julian Assange said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should resign. Listen carefully.

      JULIAN ASSANGE: She should resign, if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage activity at the United Nations in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/1/wikileaks_cables_reveal_us_tried_to

      December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Anthony Stoda

      Tom, we need a Free Manning Movement. I know it is a sensitive issue and probably political suicide, but we need the movement. That group also needs to form an international Assange Protective Movement. Who can we get to help?

      December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBev

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