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Justice Department reportedly prepares charges for Julian Assange’s arrest

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Julian Assange’s future just got a little less certain.

On Thursday, CNN reported — citing “officials familiar with the matter” — that U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of the WikiLeaks founder.

The charges, and the full status of the case, are currently unclear, but the news doesn’t sound promising for Assange.

A Justice Department investigation into Assange and WikiLeaks dates back several years, to at least 2010, when the site published diplomatic cables and military documents obtained by Chelsea Manning.  Read more…

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The Situation from ‘Jersey Shore’ has new tax evasion problems, could face 20 years

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The year was 2010, and Mike Sorrentino was basically the most famous man in America, or at least New Jersey. 

Better known as “The Situation” on MTV’s Jersey Shore, Sorrentino raked in millions shilling his “gym, tan, laundry” routine. 

It all came crashing down in 2014 when Sorrentino was indicted for “tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States” on $8.9 million in income. 

Now, in 2017 Sorrentino finds himself in even worse trouble. The Department of Justice on Friday announced that Sorrentino had been hit with a superseding indictment related to his alleged financial crimes. 

The feds charged Sorrentino with tax evasion and “structuring funds to evade currency transaction reports.” His brother Marc Sorrentino is charged with falsifying records to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Sounds bad.  Read more…

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ACLU moves to join Microsoft lawsuit against Justice Department

outlook2013 The American Civil Liberties Union wants to help Microsoft challenge government gag orders that prevent it from telling its customers when it receives warrants for their information. Microsoft sued the Justice Department in April, claiming that the government’s demands for silence were unconstitutional. The company said that Outlook.com and Office365 were the products most often… Read More