The DOJ’s Entire Case Against Assange Hinges On This One Critical Piece Of Evidence

Assuming he is successfully extradited (legal experts say there is a chance he might be able to successfully fight extradition, despite the blatant antipathy expressed toward him by British judges), Julian Assange will stand trial in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia where prosecutors from the Eastern District of Virginia will try to prove that he broke US law by goading Chelsea Manning into turning over hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

To recap: Prosecutors surprised Assange’s supporters when they revealed in their extradition warrant that, rather than pursuing him on espionage charges, or charges related to Wikileaks’ publication of the classified documents, only one charge had been levied against Assange: conspiracy to hack a government computer.

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If convicted, he could face a maximum of five and a half years in prison.

In the Assange indictment, prosecutors claimed that after Manning had already handed over hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks, Assange tried to help the former Army private and intelligence analyst crack a password that would have allowed her to access hundreds of thousands of documents.

However, Assange never succeeded in cracking the password, at least not as far as prosecutors are aware. What he did allegedly do was conspire with Manning to transmit the documents she had succeeded in stealing, while – and this is key – encouraging Manning to turn over more documents when she expressed reluctance.

To support its case, the government has obtained chat logs from March 2010 showing Manning communicating with a mysterious individual who alternatively went by the handles “Ox” and “pressassociation”. The government believes this user was Assange. After transmitting hundreds of thousands of war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and detainee assessment briefs from Guantanamo Bay, Manning said her stash of secret documents had run dry.

“After this upload, that’s all I really have got left.”

To which her co-conspirator replied: “Curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”

The indictment also references a claim made by Manning during her court martial statement that she had discussed the value of the Guantanamo detainee assessments with the person alleged to be Assange.

“During my conversation with Nathaniel, I asked him if he thought the DABs were of any use to anyone. Nathaniel indicated, although he did not believe that they were of political significance, he did believe that they could be used to merge into the general historical account of what occurred at Guantanamo.”

Manning added: “After this discussion, I decided to download the data.”

That’s it.

As for how they intend to conclusively prove that Assange was the individual who corresponded with Manning on the Jabber chat service they were using…well…that hasn’t yet been revealed.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has become the latest organization to warn the UK not to extradite Assange to the US, out of concern that he could face human rights violations while there, while adding that the legal mechanism that allowed British police to enter the embassy has not yet been made clear.

“Amnesty International calls on the UK to refuse to extradite or send in any other manner Julian Assange to the USA where there is a very real risk that he could face human rights violations, including detention conditions that would violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment and an unfair trial followed by possible execution, due to his work with Wikileaks.

“We are aware of allegations of rape and other sexual violence against Julian Assange, which should be properly investigated in a way that respects the rights of both the complainants and the accused and be brought to justice if there is sufficient evidence against him. If Sweden decides to pursue an extradition of Mr. Assange from the UK, there must be adequate assurances that he would not be extradited or otherwise sent to the USA.

“It remains unclear what formal process took place to allow the UK authorities to enter the Ecuadorian embassy and detain Julian Assange, who had reportedly had his Ecuadorian citizenship suspended yesterday. We urge the UK authorities to comply with the assurances provided to Ecuador that he would not be sent anywhere he could face the death penalty, torture or other ill-treatment.”

As the Assange’s legal team prepares to fight extradition, Manning is still sitting in a Virginia jail, after spending a month in solitary confinement, for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury, a tactic that the government is using to try and coerce answers out of her.

But if there’s one takeaway from this case, it’s that the charges aren’t what’s important, as Tulsi Gabbard so eloquently pointed out.

 

Read the indictment below:

Assange Indictment (1) by Zerohedge on Scribd

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16 comments

  1. If all they can muster against him is that he goaded Chelsea Manning to hack a computer and Obama has already pardoned Manning what the hell is the reason for going after Assange. The real problem is that the computer they hacked at DNC was the issue because it revealed how criminal they were. This is a witch hunt to hide more Democrat evil!

    1. the reason is he embarrassed Hillary often so she wants her pound of flesh. She tried staging rape charges, but the two lovers recanted and testified they were forced to charge Assange and Sweden, eventually, had to drop the charges, so she twisted contact’s arms to persue him, and now this silly charge of “attempted to assist a whistle-blower to get more dirt on Bush” suddenly appears. Assange is not a likable person because he exposes humanity crimes of every nation he gets interesting data from. He is arrogant, neurotic and has an ego, but is razor sharp He is a publisher known to confirm and vet data sent to him anonymously, and not a hacker. He is known to never publish a lie. This charge is really pathetic and if the UK extradites him to the US, the entire world media community will suffer. Once the first amendment is breached, we will all live in hell. Assange did skip bail, but not the country, and they arrested him for that alone. Many countries, even the UK would like to get rid of such a truth-teller.

    2. JC- Democrats were not the offenders- Bush was pres and Cheney and Rumsfeld the criminals exposed. Dems were against Iraq and Afgahnistan invasion. As far as the DNC hack, yes, Hillary, a lifelong Republican Goldwater girl did smash down Bernie and wikileaks exposed her plotting. She was never a dem -she married a dem, but was R in her goals with wall street and corporations. She despises Assange with a passion and has done all she could do to kill him off. Those who speak against her mysteriously die. I believe Seth was murdered for sending the data to wikileaks. I will always believe that he was going to send more data

  2. The DOJ’s Entire Case Against Assange Hinges On This One Critical Piece Of Evidence
    ———
    Obama’s DOJ whom are corrupt SOB’s to their core

    apprehending Assange is nothing but a hoped permanent silencing by the damned neverTRUMP politicians

    needing to stop truthful confessions against corrupt politicans whom need permanent imprisoning & immediately sentenced to death

    I hope Mr Assange is cleared of all corrupt charges against him and he continues to truth & show all the corruptions of all the hateful

    neverTRUMP politicians as needed!!!

  3. Why isn’t Chelsea Manning, the traitor, in prison for life? Why isn’t he/it in prison for life? If he/it isn’t in prison for what he did why even bother with a trial for Assange? Manning received essentially NO punishment for his crimes, so why consider punishment for Assange? Government hypocrisy!

    1. whistleblower laws should have kept him out of jail, but he was tortured for 7 yrs, not just jailed. That is punishment. Please research things before spouting off you patriotic outrage. I for one thank Manning for revealing the atrocities of the Bush war machine. We are better for it

  4. He spent 7 years in exile, give him time served and let him go. He only faces 5 years in prison and with half time that would be 2 years, so what’s the point. Waste tax payers money. We know who the real criminal was and Obama set him free.

    1. Cheney-Rummy and Bush didnt get a day in jail, Manning was tortured for 7 yrs. The whistleblower law set Manning free thanks to Obama, and now Manning is back in jail because he refuses to lie about Assange. Trump wants to kill the first amendment- who else would benefit? Absolutely no-one.

  5. I want to hear what he has to say about the murder of Seth Rich and Rich’s activities vis-a-vis Wikileaks before his murder.

  6. Seems to me that if Amnesty International is against shipping him to the USA, then we should absolutely do so. That left-wing anti-American bunch are almost as bad as our very own deep state. As for the man himself, I agree with others that we should not waste another multi-million dollars and time with this stupidity. He supposedly encouraged a known criminal to be more criminal? With all the crap we really need to be prosecuting, this is a joke.

  7. Instead of you hating and being angry at the Left or the Right for that matter stop and think about this!
    First it takes both “wings” to make the bird fly!
    Second and also just as important remember “He who angers you controls you.”
    They are playing you all, one against the other.

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