Julian Assange is expected to argue a "prejudice exemption" as he fights extradition from the UK to the US, where he faces eighteen counts, including seventeen violations of the Espionage Act. British law is generally friendly to extradition requests from the US, but the prejudice exemption is designed to protect people from being handed over to foreign authorities if it can be shown that they're in fact likely to be prosecuted or punished "on account of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or political opinions.” In this case, the Guardian reports, Mr. Assange is thought likely to argue that the US charges amount to nothing more than a fig leaf for political punishment. The grounds for that assertion are allegations currently under investigation in Spain that a Spanish company, Undercover Global SA, which had been hired by Ecuador to provide security for the London embassy where Mr. Assange enjoyed a long period of asylum, in fact handed audio and video surveillance data over to the US CIA. The Audiencia Nacional is investigating whether that constitutes violations of privacy and legal privilege.
Two former students at Pennsylvania's Haverford College who had earlier taken guilty pleas to charges relating to using a Haverford computer and someone else’s credentials without permission in a 2016 attempt to illegally obtain candidate Trump’s tax returns were sentenced yesterday. Justin Hiemstra, 22, of St. Paul Park, Minnesota, and Andrew Harris, 23, of Philadelphia, each received two years' probation and two-hundred hours of community service from US District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe. Their hack was, as it happened, unsuccessful.
The Epilepsy Foundation has filed a complaint with authorities, including the US Attorney for the District of Maryland, reporting that creeps unknown last month executed multiple cyberattacks intended to display flashing strobe lights to followers of the Foundation's Twitter account. As the New York Times observes in their coverage, such lights can trigger epileptic seizures. Last month was Epilepsy Awareness Month, so good hunting, FBI.