The arrest of the founder of WikiLeaks is “a priority” for the administration of Donald Trump, who fights against the disclosure of sensitive information.

Julian Assange, 45, has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012.
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The arrest of the founder of WikiLeaks is “a priority” for the administration of Donald Trump, who fights against disclosure of sensitive information, US Attorney Jeff Sessions said on Thursday. Local media, quoting US officials, said Washington was preparing the indictment for the arrest of Julian Assange.

“We will redouble our efforts with regard to the leakage [of information],” Sessions told a news conference. “This is an issue that is beyond anything I know,” said the prosecutor, referring to the high number of information leaks. “We’ve tried to put some people in jail,” he said.

According to the Washington Post, prosecutors have issued a statement in the last weeks on charges against Assange and members of the WikiLeaks portal, which may include conspiracy, theft of state property and violation of the federal spy law.

Julian Assange, 45, has been taking refuge in the embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012 in an attempt to escape a European arrest warrant for an alleged rape in Sweden, which he denies. Assange fears being extradited to the United States, where he faces heavy sanctions for the publication in 2010 of confidential military and diplomatic documents, particularly on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Australian was questioned at the embassy on Nov. 14 and 15 on the issue of rape, dating back to 2010. The case was back on the agenda due to allegations by the US intelligence agencies against Russia, according to which Moscow has interfered with US presidential candidates to benefit Donald Trump by unveiling documents on the WikiLeaks portal that discredited Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Russia categorically denied any interference in the US election campaign.

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