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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 12:20 AM

More Charges Against Assange Could Expose Covert US Programs - Gitmo Lawyer

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US prosecutors risk exposing covert intelligence programs should they choose to bring additional charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, attorney Stephen Truitt, who has represented captives at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, told Sputnik.

"While further indictments are possible, bringing them may implicate US programs and matters they wish to remain secret… which means such indictments are uncertain", Truitt said after reading the indictment the US Justice Department unsealed on Thursday.

However, despite the risk of exposing secret programs, Truitt said he expected more charges against Assange given the attitude of US authorities who have had embarrassing details and national security secrets exposed.

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"Putting Assange in jail for five years may not end matters", Truitt said.

For example, he explained, US prosecutors could add charges such as espionage, aiding and abetting the enemy, and mishandling classified information.

"These are serious crimes with substantial penalties. In the case of espionage there is a death penalty… and the Rosenbergs were in fact executed in the Eisenhower administration for violating it", Truitt said, referring to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

The United States, he added, will have to convince UK authorities that Washington will not seek the death penalty in any prosecution of Assange. Otherwise, the UK may refuse to extradite, Truitt suggested.

Truitt said action will not likely be taken until the extradition case in the Eastern District Court in the US state of Virginia is completed.

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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 02:03 AM

1. I want Assange to completely demolish the Clinton Machine and all her flying monkeys

Expose it all.

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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 02:06 AM

2. Same here. (n/t)

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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 02:14 AM

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