Julian Assange Formally Charged With 18 Counts Under United States War-Time Espionage Act

Earlier today the United States Department of Justice made international headlines when it released a copy of a new indictment of Julian Assange, outlining 18 addittional charges against him under the Espionage Act of 1917. According to a statement from the DoJ accompanying the release, “Assange was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense” – ultimately resulting in “in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.

Statement from DoJ Accompanying Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-charged-18-count-superseding-indictment?fbclid=IwAR09AGg1cbaYR9Tv5vtvVFfkOOqhrNljugx51tinxTt33B3AF2rgiKohpQk
Download Copy of Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1165556/download

However, in response to news of the charges, Wikileaks and The Courage Foundation released a joint statement reading

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Additionally, Wikileaks and The Courage Foundation drafted an open letter to Donald Trump imploring him to drop all charges against Julian Assange – citing 1st Amendment violations which will surely arise from this trail. Wikileaks has released a copy of the open letter to the public, and are asking for all members of the public to sign the letter and show their support for Assange. At the time of this article, May 23rd 2019, there have been a little over 5,200 signatures about 5 hours after the letter was posted online.

Sign Open Letter To President Trump: https://defend.wikileaks.org/openletter/

Lastly, as the man whom provided Lauri Love with a defense ultimately resulting in his extradition to the United States being denied, I firmly believe that Julian Assanges extradition will also be denied – especially in light of these charges. I say this because Julian Assange is an Australian citizen, whom allegedly carried out the crimes he is charged with in Europe. As such, Julian Assange was never at any point in time under any legal burden whatsoever to comply with United States based laws – that’s just not how the world works. As I jokingly pointed out on Twitter earlier today, Italy for example has no underage drinking laws – but the US does. Therefore, Assanges extradition under these charges would essentially be the equivalent of trying to extradite a 16 year old from Italy for under age drinking in Rome – but here in the United States. See what I mean? It’s just never going to happen, no matter how “Butthurt” the US Government is that their classified docs were stolen/published.

Copy of Full Indictment: