‘Put Some People in Jail’: Jeff Sessions Says the Knives Are Out For Wikileaks


It looks like President Donald Trump isn’t as big a fan of Wikileaks as Candidate Trump was.

On Thursday, The Guardian reported that at a press conference, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted that as part of a larger effort to stamp out government leaks, the Department of Justice is actively looking for a way to arrest and prosecute Wikileaks funder, Julian Assange.

Assange has made residence in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for several years, initially to avoid extradition, first for questioning in a sexual assault case and later when he feared that the U.S. government would pursue him over items published on the website.

When Sessions was asked if Assange’s arrest was now a “priority,” this was his answer:

“We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” he explained. “This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious.”

In other words?

“So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

[Photo by Cancillería del Ecuador under Creative Commons license]

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