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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Assange and US Attorney General Eric Holder

The latest rumour in the Julian Assange camp is that his lawyers are preparing for a possible indictment from the US. Washington wants to prosecute him under the 1917 act which was used unsuccessfully to try and gag the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. They do not believe the Espionage Act applies to Assange - if they try to use it, all other media outlets in America would be under threat and presumably, all hell would break lose.

Earlier this week the US Attorney General Eric Holden said "The lives of people who work for the American people has been put at risk, the American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions which are I believe arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way." He added "We have a very serious, active, ongoing investigation that is criminal in nature."

Holder is looking at cyber attacks on companies who have ceased doing business with WikiLeaks. Assange has distanced himself from them and said he didn't order them and they had nothing to do with him.
The drama continues.