UPDATE 04/11/19: In our most recent article in the "Assange Watch Series, we go "Beyond the Headlines" to bring you a Constitutional analysis of this situation.
Rattled by sudden US DOJ movement possibly against a Mr. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks published its cryptographically protected pre-commit files for what are being called the Sin Files, since the word sin appears in the file name.
The files are protected by a password, and WikiLeaks publishing partners around the world can now download the encrypted files.
Once well distributed, it is assumed (as with prior releases) that within 24 to 48 hours the WikiLeaks team will provide the decryption key, or password.
Pre-commitments:— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 22, 2019
Assange has threatened before that he would use this type of "dead man" switch to trigger the release of sin files that would expose many, many people inside our government and beyond.
I'm sure such information would extend to both sides of the isle as the "swamp" is quite deep. Whether that would have any direct implications for the Trump administration is unknown.
Why is Assange feeling more threatened?
What is US Department of Justice jet "N996GA" doing in London? The jet arrived on Tuesday from DC and was last noted rendering alleged Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin to the US last year from the Czech republic, causing a diplomatic incident with Russia https://t.co/p6QL3r9BJD pic.twitter.com/pr91LZl4rl— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 21, 2019
So, Wiki is watching this plane from the DOJ come to London, and stay. He does have something to fear. The Trump DOJ has an indictment against him. Well, they have one against him, but it seems to have been an ongoing priority for the last couple of administrations.
Obviously, there are a lot of opinions on this indictment and the ramifications of it. I think if Assange were picked up, that he could be given a nice deal to work with the government on bringing down the "swamp" in exchange for immunity.
Maybe the DOJ is there to discuss that with me. As you can see, I'm eternally optimistic! Not, really, but one can hope!
This is one of those situations that we are going to have to wait and see what happens. I do think that the timing is interesting.
This happening on the same afternoon, and almost the same time as the end of the Mueller investigation, seems very interesting to me.
Stay tuned! I'll be updating this as events unfold.