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Assange won’t face charges over role in devastating CIA leak
Politico ^ | 6/02/19 | NATASHA BERTRAND

Posted on 06/02/2019 5:15:18 PM PDT by Libloather

The Justice Department has decided not to charge Julian Assange for his role in exposing some of the CIA’s most secret spying tools, according to a U.S. official and two other people familiar with the case.

It’s a move that has surprised national security experts and some former officials, given prosecutors’ recent decision to aggressively go after the WikiLeaks founder on more controversial Espionage Act charges that some legal experts said would not hold up in court. The decision also means that Assange will not face punishment for publishing one of the CIA’s most potent arsenals of digital code used to hack devices, dubbed Vault 7. The leak — one of the most devastating in CIA history — not only essentially rendered those tools useless for the CIA, it gave foreign spies and rogue hackers access to them.

Prosecutors were stymied by several factors.

First, the government is facing a ticking clock in its efforts to extradite Assange to the United States from the United Kingdom, where he is being held. Extradition laws require the U.S. to bring any additional charges against Assange within 60 days of the first indictment, which prosecutors filed in March, accusing Assange of helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning hack into military computers.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: assange; chelseamanning; cia; hillary; julianassange; vault7; wikileaks
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Maybe they could reopen the Seth Rich case.
1 posted on 06/02/2019 5:15:18 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

True that!


2 posted on 06/02/2019 5:17:55 PM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Libloather

Maybe he’s not being charged because now he’s a cooperating witness.


3 posted on 06/02/2019 5:19:20 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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To: Libloather

GOOD - HOPE - BUT...


4 posted on 06/02/2019 5:21:30 PM PDT by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: yesthatjallen

That sounds logical. Thanks


5 posted on 06/02/2019 5:21:43 PM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 89+)
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To: yesthatjallen

Maybe he’s not being charged because now he’s a cooperating witness.


Barr needs him to go after the treasonous individuals.


6 posted on 06/02/2019 5:27:30 PM PDT by vannrox (The Preamble to the Bill of Rights - without it, our Bill of Rights is meaningless!)
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To: yesthatjallen

This could get even more interesting.


7 posted on 06/02/2019 5:27:32 PM PDT by pke
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To: Libloather

SUCK ON IT, CIA..!


8 posted on 06/02/2019 5:27:42 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Libloather

9 posted on 06/02/2019 5:28:22 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Libloather

You mean the same code the CIA has been using to spy on Americans
illegally.


10 posted on 06/02/2019 5:28:23 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Liberals Are Baby Killers)
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To: yesthatjallen

Or they think they already have enough to imprison him for the rest of his life. The only reason to go for more is to keep an appeals judge from releasing him on his only charges.


11 posted on 06/02/2019 5:28:42 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Leave the job, leave the clearance. It should be the same rule for the Swamp as for everyone else.)
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To: Libloather

I thought that time limits regarding “speedy trial”,”indictment”,etc,etc were put on hold when the individual in question is a fugitive.


12 posted on 06/02/2019 5:28:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (A Joke: Comey,Brennan and Lynch walk into a Barr...)
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To: gaijin

13 posted on 06/02/2019 5:29:34 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Libloather

I honestly still don’t know how to view Assange. I won’t pretend that I do know.
I hear comments from both sides.
Some would say this latest move by the DOJ gives the appearance that leaking highly classified information is no longer a punishable crime.

Bradley Manning is waiting for his (second) ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ phone call. Now more hopeful than ever!


14 posted on 06/02/2019 5:31:09 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Libloather

They still must bring him here.


15 posted on 06/02/2019 5:32:23 PM PDT by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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To: gaijin

That face. The face of an old 50’s G-Man.

Except Brennan is a Communist traitor.

He should have been purged long ago.

Instead of the Super Bowl, I want to tune in to his Spandau Ballet moment.

I want to have a big party, and do the Obama “oh damn!” when he drops 6’4”.


16 posted on 06/02/2019 5:34:37 PM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Gay State Conservative
That’s true under U.S. law. The statutes of limitations are suspended for fugitives, too.

But the time limits described here are for extradition ... which means they’re set up under the other country’s laws, not ours.

17 posted on 06/02/2019 5:37:56 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave." -- Frederick Douglass)
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To: Libloather

That may be what Bill Barr and The POTUS are going to do. They know the facts, they have all of the intel. Let’s see what happens.


18 posted on 06/02/2019 5:38:21 PM PDT by Shady (One More Time: CO2 is PLANT FOOD! Without it we die. Any questions?)
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To: KarlInOhio

Yes, but this was the only charge that was really likely to stick. The others will almost certainly never hold up under U.S. law due to precedent under prior First Amendment cases.


19 posted on 06/02/2019 5:39:16 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave." -- Frederick Douglass)
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To: Libloather

... former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning


I’m not sure, but the person Assange is supposed to have helped was one Bradley Manning, not Chelsea.


20 posted on 06/02/2019 5:48:04 PM PDT by hanamizu
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