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In this Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

US officials are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against WikiLeaks

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Federal prosecutors are in the midst of determining whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, the Washington Post reported. The Thursday announcement is a reversal from the previous administration in which President Obama had decided that bringing charges against WikiLeaks would be akin to prosecuting a news organization for publishing classified information.


Though WikiLeaks remained a much discussed topic throughout the 2016 campaign, U.S. officials are specifically taking a second look at the 2010 trove of documents, which, among other things, revealed details about Guantanamo detainees. It remains unclear whether federal prosecutors would look into the documents released during the 2016 presidential election.

Over the past few weeks, prosecutors have drafted a memo that weighs whether charges should be sought, specifically including conspiracy, theft of government property, or violating the Espionage Act.

The memo, which is not finalized, would require a stamp of approval from the highest levels of the Justice Department. 

News of possible WikiLeaks charges comes just a week after CIA Director Mike Pompeo described the whistleblower organization as a "non-state, hostile intelligence service" that receives report from Russia. 

US officials are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against WikiLeaks

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