CNN reported on Thursday that the United States is preparing charges against Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks.
Multiple U.S. officials spoke with the news outlet and stated that, after struggling to determine whether Assange was protected by the First Amendment from prosecution, prosecutors have found a way to move forward.
Assange’s lawyer, Barry Pollack, defended WikiLeaks. He said that WikiLeaks should not be treated any differently than other media outlets and websites.
Pollack also stated that Assange has not receive any sort of contact from the Justice Department.
“We’ve had no communication with the Department of Justice and they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges against Mr. Assange,” Pollack said, according to CNN.
“They’ve been unwilling to have any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us know what Mr. Assange’s status is in any pending investigations. There’s no reason why WikiLeaks should be treated differently from any other publisher,” he added.
WikiLeaks played a big part during the 2016 presidential election.