US reportedly preparing charges for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could soon be facing charges in the US, according to CNN.

Citing “US officials familiar with the matter,” CNN reports that US authorities have prepared charges in a bid to arrest Assange.

During a news conference on Thursday, U. attorney general Jeff Sessions said that the arrest of Assange is a “priority.”

“We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” Sessions said.

Reports say he US is preparing charges for the WikiLeaks founder. Photo: AP

“This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious.

"So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail."

Assange’s WikiLeaks gained attention for leaks including the posting of files stolen by former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

While First Amendment concerns have been an impediment in prosecuting Assange, the U.S. government’s view toward the WikiLeaks founder changed when evidence arose that WikiLeaks may have aided former NSA analyst Edward Snowden in disclosing classified documents.

More to come.

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