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“… the indictment against Julian Assange disclosed today charges a conspiracy to commit computer crimes…” These crimes occurred in 2010 and have nothing to do with Assange’s 2016 election operation against Clinton…

2019-04-11

“While the indictment against Julian Assange disclosed today charges a conspiracy to commit computer crimes, the factual allegations against Mr. Assange boil down to encouraging a source to provide him information and taking efforts to protect the identity of that source,” Mr. [Barry] Pollack [Assange’s lawyer] said. “Journalists around the world should be deeply troubled by these unprecedented criminal charges.” (from New York Times article)

In fact, Assange had been in hiding for years in the Ecuadorian Embassy, an unwelcome guest.  On April 11, 2019, he was hauled out involuntarily and taken under arrest to a British court where he was convicted of jumping bail– from many years ago… and ordered held for extradition hearings, which he will fight.  The time in British court before he is taken away to the US: possibly a year, possibly more.  Possibly less but unlikely.

In 2016, Assange took responsibility for the Wikileaks dump of emails from the Democratic inside, and especially from Podesta, a big donor-organizer, which caused much scandal and took away attention from the “pussy tapes” that showed the Republican presidential candidate confessing his freedom to grab women by their genitals because he was famous.  The hacked emails were alleged to have been obtained by Russian operatives, who passed them on to Wikileaks, who passed them on, etc.  Apparently their behavior in 2016 was not chargeable, but the 2010 operations were, for obscure prosecutorial reasons.

(photo courtesy of pixabay.com and pexels)

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