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US preparing arrest charges for Assange

US authorities have reportedly prepared charges to seek the arrest of Julian Assange. Picture: AFP

AMERICAN authorities are preparing charges to seek the arrest of Julian Assange.

The new claims, which have been reported by CNN, could mark a breakthrough in the long-running case if they eventuate.

The Justice Department pursuit of Assange and WikiLeaks dates back to 2010, when the site posted thousands of pictures of files stolen by former US intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning.

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Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy, where he seeks to avoid returning to Sweden to face rape allegations, fearing an extradition agreement between Sweden and the United States could see him returned to the US.

US officials have in recent months considered the possibility that a new government in Ecuador could expel Assange, leading to his arrest.

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