Jeff Sessions: Seeing Assange Die In Prison Is “Number One Priority”

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Jeff Sessions issues arrest warrant for Julian Assange

US attorney general Jeff Sessions has warned that putting Julian Assange behind bars for life is now his “number one priority”.

According to a report by CNN, Sessions has ordered authorities to issue an arrest warrant for Assange, who is about to be evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Last week, Ecuador announced they would be handing the WikiLeaks founder over to US authorities “within days.”

The announcement by AG Sessions is in direct contract to Trump’s stance on Assange, who famously praised WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Theguardian.com reports: Asked whether it was a priority for the justice department to arrest Assange “once and for all”, Sessions told a press conference in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday: “We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks. This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious.”

He added: “So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

Citing unnamed officials, CNN reported that prosecutors have struggled with whether the Australian is protected from prosecution by the first amendment, but now believe they have found a path forward. A spokesman for the justice department declined to comment.

Barry Pollack, Assange’s lawyer, denied any knowledge of imminent prosecution. “We’ve had no communication with the Department of Justice and they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges against Mr Assange,” he told CNN. “They’ve been unwilling to have any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us know what Mr Assange’s status is in any pending investigations. There’s no reason why WikiLeaks should be treated differently from any other publisher.”

US authorities has been investigating Assange and WikiLeaks since at least 2010 when it released, in cooperation with publications including the Guardian, more than a quarter of a million classified cables from US embassies leaked by US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Republican politicians expressed fury at the time, accusing Assange of treason, and Trump himself told an interviewer: “I think it’s disgraceful, I think there should be like death penalty or something.”

All that changed during the election when WikiLeaks published emails acquired via Russian-backed hackers from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Trump and his associates seized on the revelations, citing them with relish during speeches, prompting accusations of cynical opportunism.

Now in power, their attitude seems to have reverted to Republican orthodoxy. In a speech last week in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, the CIA director, Mike Pompeo, said: “It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

He added: “Julian Assange has no first amendment freedoms. He’s sitting in an embassy in London. He’s not a US citizen.”

But US authorities cannot touch Assange while he remains in the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain, seeking to avoid an arrest warrant on rape allegations in Sweden. Socialist candidate Lenin Moreno, who won the recent election in Ecuador, has promised not to extradite Assange.

8 Comments

  1. Sessions is looking for the wrong person to imprison. Suggestions: Clintons, Obama, Soros, Comey, Mueller ….etc

  2. Sessions must have much to hide and most likely will demand a security trial closed to everyone. Trump has to find a way to get Sessions to expose himself to more criminal charges publicly. Perhaps he will let the Assange issue bring out more cockroaches to the light of day. If only the trial could be made public but what a fight that would create. Eventually Trump will have to wait for the right time in the future to pardon Assange or get a judge for the case to act fairly. Seeing Sessions die in prison should be our number 1 priority.

  3. How about Hillary Mr. JS? You are always going around doing nothing. Someone tell this guy (Sessions) he’s not working for Obama.

  4. It has occurred to me the reason Sessions is slow wobbling any investigations of the crooks in the Obama administration is because Mueller is giving them Immunity – and Comey is next on the list. Sessions wants all of them immunized. So far: Cheryl Mills, Tony Podesta, Paul Combetta, Heather Samuelson, Bryan Pagliano all have immunity from Mueller or Obama. Imran Awan got a but kiss for his crimes so he is done also. So, look for more immunities and Sessions blind eye as he believes Assange in prison is THE priority.
    Let me add: Assange is not nearly as dangerous as Dennis Montgomery. If that cat gets out of the bag, probably half the FBI and 2/3 of the CIA is prison bound.

    • Montgomery says the evidence he gave to the FBI chronicle the
      warrantless collection of phone, financial and personal data and the
      unmasking of identities in spy data about millions of Americans,.

      “This domestic surveillance was all being done on computers supplied by the
      FBI,” Montgomery told Circa in an interview. “So these supercomputers,
      which are FBI computers, the CIA is using them to do domestic
      surveillance.” ( he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden’s now infamous breach.)

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