Assange’s 18 Indictments Raises Statute of Limitations Question

The indictments issued by the Department of Justice relate to documents released by Wikileaks in 2010, the grand jury did not indict until 2018. The problem with this according to the nationalreview is this:

The conspiracy statute is Section 371 of the penal code, and the computer fraud offenses that were the objectives of the conspiracy are parts of Section 1030.

According to the indictment, Assange and Manning (then known as Bradley, now as Chelsea) conspired in 2010. Manning was prosecuted by the armed forces. The Justice Department’s indictment against Assange was not returned until 2018 — eight years later.

The five-year statute of limitations that applies to most federal crimes is prescribed for both conspiracy and computer fraud.

So how is the Justice Department able to prosecute Assange on an indictment filed three years after the prescribed limitations period?

It appears that the Justice Department is relying on an exception, in Section 2332b of the penal code, that extends the statute of limitations to eight years for “acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.”

The only way to charge Assange is by calling the documents Wikileaks released an act of terrorism. This will set a precedent for any publisher to be indicted for terrorism if they publish classified documents. This should horrify even the MainStream Media.

If you are a journalist who covers international affairs, military movements or politics, this means you can be imprisoned for life for disclosing anything the government doesn’t want the public to know. Are you shivering in your boots yet? You should be.

The U.S. Department of Justice just declared war on journalism worldwide. It means a publisher covering a story on Iran from France can be extradited for calling out military moves they disagree with. Think about that. The U.S. has become an empire that will reach into any country and arrest journalists as they see fit. No one is safe from their reach.

If you are not fighting the extradition of Julian Assange and you call yourself a reporter, you better start. Our lives are in danger!

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