A press release from Wikileaks aid that the U.S could possibly have had a secret indictment against Julian Assange and those associated with Wikileaks for more than the last 12 months.
The release cites leaked confidential emails from the Stratfor U.S private intelligence firm, which say that, since early 2011, former Deputy Chief of the Department of State's counterterrorism division for the Diplomatic Security Service Fred Burton had already issued a sealed indictment for Assange.
The emails also reveal the way in which Burton planed to halt Assange's work.
Emails from Fred Burton reveal that the US Government employs the same counterterrorism strategy against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as against Al Qaeda: "Take down the money. Go after his infrastructure. The tools we are using to nail and de-construct Wiki are the same tools used to dismantle and track aQ [Al Qaeda]...."would pursue [c]onspiracy and [p]olitical [t]errorism charges and declassify the death of a source someone which [he] could link to Wiki"
Assange's response was in line of a man who is being targeted.
"For over a year now, the US Attorney General Eric Holder has been conducting a "secret" Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks. This neo-McCarthyist witch hunt against WikiLeaks may be Mr Holder's defining legacy. Any student of American history knows that secret justice is no justice at all. Justice must be seen to be done. Legitimate authority arises out of the informed consent of the governed, not Eric Holder's press secretary."