A January 2011 email from Fred Burton, Vice President for Intelligence at Stratfor
reveals * states that the US Department of Justice has a sealed indictment against Wikileaks founder and spokesman Julian Assange.
~Below, the email in its entirety~
Fw: [CT] Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case
Date 2011-01-26 15:23:28
Not for Pub --
We have a sealed indictment on Assange.
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
From: Sean Noonan
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:16:53 -0600
To: CT AOR
ReplyTo: CT AOR
Subject: [CT] Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case
January 25, 2011 3:37 PM
Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case
A report that investigators have so far failed to establish a direct link
between the founder of the document-dumping website WikiLeaks and the Army
private accused of providing the site with hundreds of thousands of secret
State Department cables won't derail the military's case as much as it
The case against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning didn't hinge on investigators
uncovering a direct link to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange anyway, CBS
News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports.
Special Section: WikiLeaks
On Monday, NBC News reported that military officials said Manning couldn't
be directly linked to Assange in allegedly handing off the cables and
other secret documents that led to last summer's publication of the
Afghanistan and Iraq war logs.
But no one ever thought there was direct contact between Assange and
Manning, Martin reports. Assange meeting or e-mailing Manning would be
like the director of the Central Intelligence Agency meeting or e-mailing
a CIA agent. The theory of the case is that Assange orchestrated the leak
through cut outs deliberately designed to immunize himself from charges of
In his own e-mails, Manning refers to himself as a source for Assange even
though he did not give the documents to Assange but allegedly to a third
person while home on Christmas leave, Martin reports.
Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department was
considering filing espionage charges in the case.
Meanwhile, Manning continues to be held in a military brig while the Army
considers prosecuting him. He has been charged with illegally obtaining
more than 150,000 secret cables and giving more than 50 of them and a
classified video to an unauthorized person.
Manning's lawyer told The Associated Press Friday that a mental-health
investigation to determine if Manning can stand trial will likely begin in
This, from Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald:
Charges against Assange drawn up in US, says emailThe chilling intent and affect of the Espionage Act as described by Naomi Wolf:
Philip Dorling February 29, 2012
UNITED States prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a confidential internal email obtained from a private US intelligence company, Stratfor.
The news that US prosecutors drew up a secret indictment against Mr Assange more than 12 months ago comes as the WikiLeaks founder awaits a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against extradition to Sweden to be questioned in relation to sexual assault allegations.
In December, The Age revealed the contents of Australian diplomatic cables that confirmed WikiLeaks was the target of a US Justice Department investigation ''unprecedented both in its scale and nature'' and suggested that media reports that a secret grand jury had been convened in Alexandria, Virginia, were ''likely true''.
The Australian embassy in Washington reported in December 2010 that the Justice Department was pursuing an ''active and vigorous inquiry into whether Julian Assange can be charged under US law, most likely the 1917 Espionage Act''.
The Espionage Act was crafted in 1917 -- because President Woodrow Wilson wanted a war and, faced with the troublesome First Amendment, wished to criminalize speech critical of his war. In the run-up to World War One, there were many ordinary citizens -- educators, journalists, publishers, civil rights leaders, union activists -- who were speaking out against US involvement in the war. The Espionage Act was used to round these citizens by the thousands for the newly minted 'crime' of their exercising their First Amendment Rights. A movie producer who showed British cruelty in a film about the Revolutionary War (since the British were our allies in World War I) got a ten-year sentence under the Espionage act in 1917, and the film was seized; poet E.E. Cummings spent three and a half months in a military detention camp under the Espionage Act for the 'crime' of saying that he did not hate Germans. Esteemed Judge Learned Hand wrote that the wording of the Espionage Act was so vague that it would threaten the American tradition of freedom itself. Many were held in prison for weeks in brutal conditions without due process; some, in Connecticut -- Lieberman's home state -- were severely beaten while they were held in prison. The arrests and beatings were widely publicized and had a profound effect, terrorizing those who would otherwise speak out.Ms. Wolf (her article is informative reading, I urge you to read it in its entirety) goes on to emphasize why invoking or indicting under the Espionage Act is so grave:
As I noted in The End of America, if you prosecute journalists -- and Assange, let us remember, is the New York Times in the parallel case of the Pentagon Papers, not Daniel Ellsberg; he is the publisher, not the one who revealed the classified information -- then any outlet, any citizen, who discusses or addresses 'classified' information can be arrested on 'national security' grounds. If Assange can be prosecuted under the Espionage Act, then so can the New York Times; and the producers of Parker Spitzer, who discussed the WikiLeaks material two nights ago; and the people who posted a mirror WikiLeaks site on my Facebook 'fan' page; and Fox News producers, who addressed the leak and summarized the content of the classified information; and every one of you who may have downloaded information about it; and so on. That is why prosecution via the Espionage Act is so dangerous -- not for Assange alone, but for every one of us, regardless of our political views.(emphasis added by me)
The entire release of Stratfor emails can be read at Wikileaks Global Intelligence Files page HERE.