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US attorney general says WikiLeaks founder's arrest is now “priority”

US attorney general says WikiLeaks founder's arrest is now “priority”The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a “priority” for the US, attorney general Jeff Sessions has said.

This is reported by The Guardian.

Hours later it was reported by CNN that authorities have prepared charges against Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Citing unnamed officials, CNN reported that prosecutors have struggled with whether the Australian is protected from prosecution from the first amendment, but now believe they have found a path forward. A spokesman for the justice department declined to comment.

US authorities has been investigating Assange and WikiLeaks since at least 2010 when it released more than a quarter of a million classified cables from US embassies leaked by US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
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