It is a myth that the US government wants to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to an unnamed top US cop.
For a while now there has been a rumour that Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and a three-year-old grand jury investigation of him and his organisation had secretly led to charges.
But one cop with knowledge of the case said that is rubbish. While the investigation is continuing no charges have been made and there was no Grand Jury.
According to the Washington Post this means that the Justice Department is drawing a distinction between those who were required by law to protect classified information and those who received and published it.
This flies in the face of Assange’s conspiracy theories. Assange is sitting in a Ecuadoran embassy because he is frightened that once he gets to Sweden to face sex charges he will be deported to the US to face spying charges. If there has been no warrant for his arrest for three years that means that Assange has just been avoiding the sex charges.
He claimed to the Daily Telegraph recently that he was concentrating on the Grand Jury investigation and “the Swedish case will disappear of its own accord in due course”. So no question about trying to clear his name then.
If Assange wants to see how it really works, the Justice Department has unsealed an indictment charging former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden under the Espionage Act.
A spokesman for WikiLeaks said the organisation drew no comfort from the fact that there was no sealed indictment.
Kristinn Hrafnsson said the organisation will treat the news with scepticism short of an open, official, formal confirmation that the U.S. government is not going to prosecute WikiLeaks.
He said that the US government has a track record of being deceptive and of choosing its words carefully on this, and other matters as well.