The indictments issued by the Department of Justice relate to documents released by Wikileaks in 2010, the grand jury did not indict until 2018. The problem with this according to the nationalreview is this:
It appears that the Justice Department is relying on an exception, in Section 2332b of the penal code, that extends the statute of limitations to eight years for “acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.”
The only way legally to charge Assange is by calling the documents Wikileaks released an act of terrorism. This will set a precedent for any publisher to be indicted for terrorism if they publish classified documents that are of public interest.
Wikileaks did what any other publisher in the business has been doing for years under the First Amendment’s protection. Charging Assange under the Espionage Act is not only illegal under the American Constitution but a criminal act by the Trump administration.
William Barr stated charging Wikileaks under the Espionage Act would be an attack on First amendment rights during his speech on the Mueller Report and in doing so, has made himself as hypocritical as Trump. In this tweet dated February 13th, 2015, Trump supports free speech then turns around and alliws the indictments against Assange to happen.
Assange being charged for terrorism (which Mike Pompeo has basically referred to Assange as), would villify journalists. It would be the end of truth in government and the Orwellian Agenda would be seen as soon as 2020.
This should horrify even the MainStream Media. If you are a journalist who covers international affairs, military movements or politics, this means you can be imprisoned for life for disclosing anything the government doesn’t want the public to know. Are you shivering in your boots yet? You should be.
The U.S. Department of Justice just declared war on journalism worldwide. It means a publisher covering a story on Iran from France can be extradited for calling out military moves they disagree with. Think about that. The U.S. has become an empire that will reach into any country and arrest journalists as they see fit. No one is safe from their reach.
If you are not fighting the extradition of Julian Assange and you call yourself a reporter, you better start. Our lives are in danger!