Julian Assange Gets Indicted
An indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been filed. Initially, it seems the indictment was unsealed by mistake as the intent was to keep the indictment sealed until after Assange’s arrest
While Assange’s indictment does not seem related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the hack of Hillary Clinton’s emails, there is no doubt it will end up there. Mueller has been focusing as of late on numerous associates of Roger Stone and connections to Wikileaks as it pertains to Russia’s election meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
A few weeks ago, I posted the possibility that Assange would be indicted and extradited from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been living for several years. Roger Stone I have argued from the beginning is a key to not only the email hack of Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, but also any communication between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.
Stone has been on the record as having communicated with Guccifer 2.0, an online personality believed to be part of a Russian troll farm, but Stone downplayed the communication as minimal, and in the meantime, Stone has been pointing the finger, if not throwing Roger Credico under the bus.
Credico has denied that he was a middleman between Stone and Assange and has sought immunity in order to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Credico already testified before the grand jury in the Mueller probe. Stone no doubt will be indicted soon.
It has been widely reported that President Trump’s mood this week in the White House has been as bad ever. Maybe he got a heads up on the indictment of Assange.
Per WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum in the embassy in London and hand him over to the United States. What does this mean for President Trump and his campaign? It’s not good.
If Assange gets extradited to the United States, there’s no doubt that he will be asked to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. After living sheltered in an embassy for six years, common sense dictates that Assange would likely cooperate in exchange for immunity.
In the alternative, Assange could roll the dice and not cooperate, claiming he is journalist and merely “publishes” the news given to him by others. The question that remains is will Assange take that risk that will result in a long and expensive legal battle, or accept an offer from prosecutors.
The motion filed to seal the indictment can be found via this link.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
SCOOP: US Department of Justice "accidentally" reveals existence of sealed charges (or a draft for them) against WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange in apparent cut-and-paste error in an unrelated case also at the Eastern District of Virginia. https://t.co/wrjlAbXk5Z pic.twitter.com/4UlB0c1SAX
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 16, 2018