What Happens Next For Julian Assange (HBO)

Julian Assange’s lawyers are digging in for a furious, last-ditch effort to block his extradition to the U.S., following his dramatic arrest Thursday morning. The WikiLeaks founder was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living since 2012.

Assange is now facing up to five years in American prison for allegedly conspiring to hack into a classified Pentagon computer system in 2010. A 2018 indictment, unsealed by the Department of Justice on Thursday, charges him with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and alleges that he tried to help former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning gain access to the government computer system in March 2010.

Given Assange’s contentious history with Washington, the initial indictment may be an attempt to bring Assange to the U.S. before targeting him with additional charges, former federal prosecutors told VICE News. His longstanding confrontation with the U.S. government now appears destined to play out in courtrooms in London and Alexandria, Virginia.

“Once the Justice Department gets him over here, they have a lot more leverage over Mr. Assange — and the tables are turned,” said Renato Mariotti, a former U.S. prosecutor based in Chicago. “You don’t need to be a legal analyst to see why the Justice Department would probably like to charge him with all sorts of things.”

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Pentagon: successful missile defense test

In the first test of its kind, the Pentagon on Monday carried out a “salvo” intercept of an unarmed missile, using two interceptor missiles launched from underground silos in California. The target missile was destroyed over the Pacific. (March 26)

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Defense chief gets close look at US-Mexico border

The Pentagon’s acting chief is visiting the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas as he considers how to use emergency powers invoked by President Donald Trump to help build a border wall. (Feb. 23)

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Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrives in Afghanistan

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrives in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit as the United States leads a push for peace talks with the Taliban.

Trump calls for expanded missile defense program

(17 Jan 2019) During an appearance at the Pentagon, President Donald Trump said “our goal is simple: that we can detect and destroy” any incoming missile. Part of the new strategy is to create a level of sensors in space. (Jan. 17)

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