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Sources: US preparing charges against Julian Assange

U.S. officials reportedly are considering bringing charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (Source: CNN) U.S. officials reportedly are considering bringing charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - U.S. investigators have prepared charges to seek the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

That's according to U.S officials familiar with the matter.

Assange has been investigated since 2010, when Wikileaks published thousands of files provided by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

But bringing charges has been difficult, partly because it was not clear if he was protected by the First Amendment.

However, prosecutors now believe they can prove wrongdoing related to the case of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

They believe Wikileaks played a major role in helping Snowden leak a massive amount of classified documents four years ago.

Assange is holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and he's practically untouchable as long as he is there.

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