It’s currently being reported that Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department are weighing the idea of pressing criminal charges against Julian Assange:
This comes a week after our hardline (and apparent idiot) CIA Director said this about WikiLeaks:
Pompeo said during a speech that it was “time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a non-state, hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors, like Russia. They have pretended that America’s First Amendment freedoms shield them from justice. They may have believed that, but they are wrong,” said Pompeo.
So what’s happening here? We already know that Trump is surrounded by enemies within his cabinet. Has he been convinced to bit the hand that feeds him? Or is this Sessions acting independently (the way a Justice Department is supposed to work) and he’s taking a hard line against the leaking of any classified data?
A third possibility relates to something I’ve said in the past. WikiLeaks enjoys significant support from the white hats within our intelligence agencies. I’ll go a step further and say that it is highly likely that WikiLeaks has the formal support (and the cover that support provides) by either a nation state or a powerful element within a nation state. Otherwise Julian Assange isn’t watching the telly while petting his cat at this moment, he’s getting water-boarded while a car battery is hooked up to his testicles at a CIA black site.
If that support is coming from Trump and/or people loyal to him, leaking a story that the Justice Department is about to press charges against Assange is a wonderful way of inoculating Trump further from the Russian/WL hysteria.
There’s any number of other theories and scenarios that could be considered, but I’m guessing this is going to peter out. We may hear a bit more about the story, it might even heat up a bit for a while, but I’m guessing that in the end, they’re not going to press charges.