Justice Department Preparing Charges Against Julian Assange

The US Justice Department is reportedly preparing formal legal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a step the Obama administration never took. The Washington Post and CNN report Trump's Justice Department is willing to officially seek his arrest.

Among the potential charges are conspiracy, theft of government property, and perhaps violating the Espionage Act.

Those in the civil rights field aren't on-board with this plan.

Never in the history of this country has a publisher been prosecuted for presenting truthful information to the public. Any prosecution of Wikileaks for publishing government secrets would set a dangerous precedent that the Trump administration would surely use to target other news organizations. - Ben Wizner, ACLU

For years, Assange has been hiding in Ecuador's embassy in London. He believed that leaving the embassy would eventually result in his extradition to the US.