U.S. Makes Julian Assange’s Arrest a Priority

US Makes Julian Assanges Arrest a Priority
US Makes Julian Assanges Arrest a Priority

It’s been seven years since Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, first came under the watchful eye of the Department of Justice. After collaborating with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning, to publish thousands of stolen files, officials have been trying to find a way to apprehend Assange without violating his first amendment rights. But now, officials say that they have evidence of his direct involvement with interference in the 2016 election, actively assisting Edward Snowden and direction of Chelsea Manning.
Assange, who is said to be currently avoiding rape charges in Sweden, is hosted by the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. American officials had high hopes that a change in the Ecuadorian government would lead to Assange’s “eviction,” as it were, but the new president of Ecuador stands firm on their decision to harbor Assange.
The problem with placing charges on Assange has always been that his site is not the only publication to share government secrets. In America, publications have the right to educate Americans on all manner of topics, even if they aren’t presenting the government in the best of lights. But, Assange may have gone too far.
CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, states that Assange guided Chelsea Manning so that she intercepted specific information, information that was pertinent to the United States. Pompeo also declares that Assange worked with Russian intelligence to disrupt the 2016 election with the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
While the CIA may be doing their best to bring Assange in to face charges, and have said that his arrest is a “priority,” Assange’s lawyer is claiming ignorance.
Barry Pollack, lawyer for Julian Assange, states that he knows nothing of any charges — pending or otherwise. Pollack claims that he and Assange has repeatedly asked the Department of Justice to speak with them, but all invitations have been refused.
If Julian Assange is a traitor to his country, then he deserves to be arrested and to plead his case. However, as a resident of the Ecuadorian Embassy, he may not have the same rights as a U.S. citizen. Even so, his arrest and potential conviction may serve as an unconstitutional-like warning to other publications. Whether we like the information being shared or not, the first amendment may be the thing that is really facing a trial.
What do you think? Should Assange face charges? Should publications be limited on what information they can and can’t share?