The Department of Justice is going to file charges against Wikileaks staff, including founder Julian Assange.
The case against the organization would be based on the release of classified cables stolen by Army private Chelsea Manning in 2010, as well as the March release of documents stolen from the CIA of blueprints used by U.S. spies.
It’s unknown whether there will also be charges pressed for the release of emails stolen by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.
The Daily Caller reports:
Federal officials have determined that those emails were stolen by groups affiliated with the Russian government. Assange, who is living in exile in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has denied that WikiLeaks is working for or with the Kremlin.
WikiLeaks’ critics have disputed that claim, noting that the group has yet to release damning information about the Russian government.
Obama’s government called Wikileaks a journalism organization and refused to prosecute members, but this policy will not continue into Trump’s administration, it appears. Charges are likely to be for theft of government property, violating the Espionage Act and conspiracy.