Thursday Indictments: Michael Avenatti, Obama WH Official Greg Craig and Julian Assange
Thursday Indictments: Michael Avenatti, Obama WH Official Greg Craig and Julian Assange By Sara Carter for Sara A Carter
It was a busy Thursday at the Department of Justice as three major – yet separate – indictments against three politically charged players were brought too light.
Julian Assange, Founder of WikiLeaks
The first major announcement came this early this morning when across the pond Julian Assange was forced from his nearly seven year asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom. He was taken into custody by British authorities and will be extradited to the United States.
Assange faces five years in prison for his role in obtaining and disseminating classified information from former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. Manning, who has undergone gender reassignment, is now known as Chelsea Manning.
“Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties,” according to the Eastern District of Virginia press release. “A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”
Assange’s lawyer told ABC news “we cannot lose sight, the Australian government cannot lose sight of the principals involved in this case. He’s an Australian citizen, who is a publisher, whose being sought for prosecution in the United States – an Australian ally – whose being sought for prosecution in the United States for publishing truthful information.”
Former Obama Counsel Greg Craig
Fox News reported Thursday afternoon that a former White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama indicted as well. He was charged with “making misleading” statements to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators about his relationship with Ukrainian officials.
“Greg Craig, former White House counsel for then-President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday on two counts of making false and misleading statements to investigators — including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team — in connection with his work on behalf of Russia-backed former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych,” reports Fox News.