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Sources: US Prepares Charges To Seek Arrest Of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Postby sunnyd » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:56 pm

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US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.

Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.

During President Barack Obama's administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn't alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to US officials involved in the process then.

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Re: Sources: US Prepares Charges To Seek Arrest Of WikiLeaks

Postby IneptVagrant » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:20 am

"Julian Assange has no First Amendment freedoms. He's sitting in an Embassy in London. He's not a US citizen," [CIA Director Mike] Pompeo said.
The courts would disagree with such a xenophobic view. Our constitutional rights being applied to foreign nationals are exactly why the immigration ban was/is overturned. Our declaration of independence says 'all men are created equal' and so enshrined in our 14th amendment, there's no limitation at our border. Looking at someone on the other side of some invisible line, and saying to them, you're not a person -- that's messed up.

When the constitution limits rights explicitly to citizens it is expressed clearly, such as the requirements for holding presidential office. Go pull up a copy of the constitution yourself, and re-read it, word search for 'citizen' and refresh yourself.

Heres some people who agree -- I'm sure there's plenty of material on both sides of xenophobia.

Are Foreign Nationals Entitled to the Same
Constitutional Rights As Citizens?
25 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 367-388 (2003) ... ext=facpub

Constitution Check: Do individual rights stop at the U.S. border?
October 29, 2015 by Lyle Denniston ... u-s-border

Does The Constitution Protect Non-Citizens? Judges Say Yes
Daniel Fisher , Forbes Staff - Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:08 PM ... 10f3c84f1d
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