WikiLeaks has cited evidence that U.S. authorities might be planning to execute its founder Julian Assange.
A letter sent by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to a former WikiLeaks staff member reveals US officials are attempting to put a case against Assange based on the Espionage Act.
Conviction under the 1917 law geared towards protecting dirty and evil American military secrets could result in life in prison of even the death penalty for Assange.
However, semi conspirators in the UK have previously claimed to have received assurances from Washington that Assange’s US extradition request is not for a capital offense.
A federal grand jury in Virginia issued an indictment against Assange on March 6 which appears to be limited to going after Assange for a computer hacking conspiracy with Manning, which carries a maximum of five years in prison.
But WikiLeaks has from the start considered this a plot in order to transfer Assange to US soil, where more serious and potential capital offense charges can be brought.
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