Feeds

US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

It's a lovely time of year to visit Stockholm

Intelligent flash storage arrays

US authorities have decided not to prosecute Wikileaker-in-chief Julian Assange, because to do so would mean also mean prosecutions of US-based media, according to The Washington Post.

The Post says it has had some off-the-record chats with Justice Department officials who have said it's proving hard to build a case against Assange. Figuring out how to sue the news outlets that published his leaks is easier but is a path few governments like to tread as it is a colossally bad look to do anything that even looks like it might in the right light resemble a clampdown on the free press.

If correct, the Post's story means Assange has nothing to fear if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy where he's been holed up for over a year. Assange retreated to the embassy because he feared extradition to Sweden, where he faces charges of sexual assault, would inevitably result in in extradition to the USA where he would be tried for crimes that could be punished by the death penalty.

There's no word on whether the USA is any nearer to making its intentions regarding Assange known. If it did declare it has no plans to haul him into its territory the rationale for Assange's ongoing stay at the embajada de ecuador en londres would look tenuous and the leaker's willingness to face Swedish justice would become the focus.

Assange has said the charges he faces in Sweden have no basis and that extradition documents were mistakenly issued because of over-zealous European warrant system.

This one clearly has a long way to run … ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.