The U.S. Dept of Justice just indicted Julian Assange on 17 more charges under the Espionage Act. If convicted he could face the death penalty.
According to an article by Zerohedge:
The Justice Department on Thursday announced that Julian Assange faces 17 new criminal charges in the US for his role in an alleged conspiracy with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to solicit and publish classified government information.
A federal grand jury in Virginia returned a new indictment that adds 17 charges to the single countthat Assange was charged with in March 2018. The original indictment was sealed until Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11.
The new charges include allegations that he violated the law not only by soliciting and receiving national security information, but also by publishing what John Demers, the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, described to reporters on Thursday as a “narrow subset” of documents that identified the names of individuals who were working with the US government, including sources in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It gives his supporters very little happiness to be able to say “I told you so”, nor does it give Wikileaks new editor Krisstin Hraffnsson any as seen in the below tweet.
We need to take a stand now as he pointed out as this is a direct attack by the Trump administration on the First Amendment and removes protection from journalists everywhere.