US Justice Department considers charges against WikiLeaks

On April 20 the Washington Post reported that federal prosecutors are considering bringing charges against the people behind WikiLeaks, including the founder of the platform Julian Assange, who currently lives on the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The case would follow up the steps of the Obama administration that has already been contemplating prosecution of the whistleblowing platform due to the publication of leaked military and diplomatic documents in 2010. Aside from the incident, the other possible reason could be the recent leak of CIA's Cyber-tools and WikiLeaks’ role in publishing emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election. The previous efforts to bring WikiLeaks' representants to trial (although the case is still formally open) were abandoned because of the concerns that the indictment would create a precedent for prosecuting other whistleblowers.

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