- Though prosecution from the US justice department looms over the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange
- Assange had been accused of being guilty of sexual assault and conniving with Russian authorities to hack and release US classified information
- The then attorney general, Jeff Sessions in April 2017, said that the arrest of Assange would become a priority for the justice department
The United States (US) justice department said it is planning to prosecute the embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, November 15, reported that the department will hopefully take Assange to court. The WikiLeaks boss has been in the custody of an Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, having fled Sweden following allegations bordering on sexual assault.
Although the case was dropped in 2017, he still faces arrest for breaching bail conditions should he leave the embassy.
According to the then attorney general, Jeff Sessions in April 2017, the arrest of Assange would become a priority for the justice department.
The US intelligence agencies believe that WikiLeaks connived with Russian hackers to release emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller is said to be probing connections between WikiLeaks and Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump before he became president.
This allegation was contained in a New York Times article titled Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis.
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