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TCL’s new phones and tablets are easy on the eyes

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TCL’s mission for 2024 appears to be making sure their users don’t get a headache.

Ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company unveiled an extensive lineup of smartphones and tablets, most of them using the company’s NXTPAPER tech which reduces blue light and implements an anti-glare coating to make the displays easy on the eyes.

Very few things are strictly new here, as TCL previewed these devices at CES in January; but the company now shared the detailed specs and pricing for all of the new phones and tablets, as well as announced some additional variants.

There are 9 (yes, nine) new phones in TLC’s new lineup, as well as three new tablets, but several of these models differ only by whether they have the NXTPAPER tech, and whether they support 5G or not.

TCL 50 XL NXTPAPER 5G

You can get a phone with NXTPAPER tech, too.
Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable

The new TCL 50 XL 5G offers a 6.8-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a triple 50-megapixel camera, stereo speakers, a massive 5,010mAh battery, and 5G support while retailing for under $169 when it becomes available at Metro by T-Mobile in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2024. The NXTPAPER version of the same phone will be available from TCL for under $229, also in Q3 2024.

As for tablets, the most powerful device in this bunch is the TCL NXTPAPER 14 Pro, a 14-inch tablet that retails for $549. There’s also the new, slightly cheaper TCL NXTPAPER 14, which retails for under $400, while the TCL TAB 10 NXTPAPER 5G (yes, TCL really likes caps) is an entry-level $250 tablet that should hit North America in the second quarter of the year.

You don’t want or need to know the specs of all these devices. These are the sort of phones that you’ll probably buy from a carrier when you need something that doesn’t break the bank. But I can share some hands-on experience with TCL’s NXTPAPER tech, which is actually pretty cool.

TCL NXTPAPER 14 Pro

You can choose between Regular mode, Color Paper mode, and Ink Paper mode.
Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable

I’ve had some hands-on time with all of TCL’s new products, and I can say that the difference in the NXTPAPER ones is noticeable. From the get-go, their displays really do look like photos printed on actual paper. They’re matte, and thus better to use in sunlight than the displays on most phones and tablets. They appear perfectly still and perfectly flat, for lack of better words.

Additionally, the displays can be shifted into several different modes, with the ColorPpaper mode being even easier on the eyes. The most extreme one, called Ink Paper, turns the display into something that really looks like e-ink, even though it isn’t. These display modes do take a while to load, but someone who has headaches from phone/tablet use will probably appreciate the option.

Right now, TCL doesn’t have a true flagship competitor, so you’ll have a hard time replacing your Samsung Galaxy phone or an iPhone with one of TCL’s NXTPAPER phones. But the NXTPAPER tech does work. It’s something I didn’t know I needed, but now I wish other manufacturers followed suit.

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Houthis nearly strike oil tanker in Gulf of Aden; US, coalition forces take out more one-way attack drones

U.S. Central Command said Sunday that Houthis launched an anti-ballistic missile toward a tanker ship that carries oil and chemicals in the Gulf of Aiden on Saturday, though it struck the water and did not cause damage to the ship or injuries to those on board.

In a post on X, U.S. Central Command said the Iranian-backed Houthis were likely targeting the M/V Torm Thor, which is flagged and owned by a U.S. company. The ship was sailing in the Gulf of Aden at the time of the incident, which was reportedly at 11:45 p.m. local time.

At about 9 p.m. that evening, U.S. Central Command forces shot down two one-way unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the Red Sea in self-defense.

Central Command said a third UAV was also heading toward the area and crashed from what appeared to be an in-flight failure.

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“CENTCOM forces identified the UAVs and determined they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and to the U.S. Navy ships in the region,” Central Command said. “These actions are taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. Navy and merchant vessels.”

Houthi attacks continue to take place in the region, despite efforts from the U.S. and allies to protect merchant ships.

On Thursday, Houthis fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles from southern Yemen into the Gulf of Aden, but that time, the missiles impacted the MV Islander, a Palau-flagged, U.K.-owned, cargo carrier causing one minor injury and damage.

GREEK-FLAGGED M/V SEA CHAMPION SUSTAINS MINOR DAMAGE IN HOUTHI MISSILE ATTACK 

The attack came after the Pentagon confirmed the Houthis shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone off the coast of Yemen on Monday, marking the second such attack since November 2023.

Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists also fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles at a Greek-flagged ship headed to Yemen to deliver grain on Monday, causing minor damage, according to U.S. Central Command.

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Despite the minor damage on the U.S.-owned M/V Sea Champion, the ship continued on course to Aden in Yemen, where it ultimately delivered the grain for the benefit of the Yemeni people. 

Central Command said the M/V Sea Champion has delivered humanitarian aid to the country 11 times over the past five years. 

Fox News’ Greg Norman and Liz Friden contributed to this report. 

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This stacked CompTIA certification bundle is on sale for 89% off

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TL;DR: The Complete 2024 CompTIA Course Bundle is on sale for £47.31, saving you 89% on list price.


If one of your resolutions is to change careers, you should consider joining the IT field. With a wealth of opportunities for computer nerds as technicians, ethical hackers as penetration testers, and bossy types as project managers, and more, there’s something for almost everyone — and many titles don’t require a degree.

Instead, you can earn CompTIA certifications to train for the job and prove your skills to employers. While you have to pass each exam, this training bundle could help you pass with flying colours for £47.31 with this limited-time, best-on-web offer.

With courses in twelve certifications, it may be difficult to know where to start. If you have little or no prior IT experience, you may want to begin with CompTIA Fundamentals+ and A+, industry standards that also build a foundation for more advanced training. 

From there, explore certifications that could help you land your dream job title:

  • Network+: network administrator or IT support manager

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  • Cloud+ and Cloud Essentials+: cloud specialist or business development manager

  • Project+: IT project manager or coordinator

  • PenTest+: penetration tester or web app penetration tester

  • CySA+: vulnerability analyst, threat hunter, security architect

  • CASP+: cybersecurity manager or information security analyst

As you can see, there are opportunities for many different areas of interest, and you get lifetime access to training courses in them all. You may need a degree for some, but you only need a certification for many of these IT jobs.

Start exploring a new career path today with this 15-course CompTIA training course bundle, on sale for £47.31. No coupon is needed for this best-of-web price.

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Indiana teacher found dead in school stairwell after not coming outside for relative to pick him up

An Indiana teacher who failed to walk outside his school after calling a relative to pick him up was found dead in a school stairwell the next morning, according to police.

Maintenance staff found Craig Jones, 47, dead Friday morning on the landing of a second-floor stairwell at East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School, East Chicago Police said.

A preliminary investigation found that Jones called his family Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m. to request a ride home after telling them earlier in the day he was working late.

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A relative arrived at the school a short time later to pick him up, but Jones never came outside, and the relative drove away after receiving no additional phone calls from him, police wrote on Facebook.

Officers were called to the school on Pulaski Street at about 6:40 a.m. Friday after Jones’ body was discovered.

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The cause of death remains under investigation by the Lake County Coroner’s Office, deputy coroner Eric Graf said Saturday.

The Lake County Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force is also investigating, but police said Friday there is currently “no reason to believe any foul play was involved.”

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How to watch Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers online for free

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TL;DR: Stream the Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA for free on BBC iPlayer. Access this free streaming platform from anywhere in the world with ExpressVPN.


We love it when you can watch the NBA for free. It doesn’t happen often, but when there is a chance to catch the best players in the world without spending anything, you best believe we’re going to make some noise about it. And the latest game you can watch for free really does include the best of the best.

If you want to watch the Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers for free from anywhere in the world, we have all the information you need.

When is Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers?

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers starts at 8:30 p.m. GMT on Feb. 25. This game takes place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

How to watch Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers for free

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers will be broadcast live on BBC Three. You can also live stream this game for free on BBC iPlayer.

BBC iPlayer is geo-restricted to the UK, but anyone can access this free streaming service with a VPN. These powerful tools can hide your real IP address (digital location) and connect you to a secure server in the UK, meaning you can access BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.

Access BBC iPlayer to stream the NBA by following these simple steps:

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  4. Visit BBC iPlayer

  5. Stream Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers for free from anywhere in the world


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Chicago security guard gunned down with rifle, killed in Family Dollar store: police

A Chicago security guard was gunned down at a Family Dollar store in the city’s West Side, police said.

According to FOX 32, citing the Chicago Police Department, authorities were called to the discount store on Friday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Authorities said that the suspect approached 43-year-old Loyce Wright with a rifle and gunned him down in the store.

Wright, a security guard at the store, was struck multiple times by the gunfire. 

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The 43-year-old was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he later died from his injuries, police confirmed with the local outlet.

Jessie Brown, who works as a security at a store next door, said he was at work when he heard the barage of gunfire.

“I was at work and I heard the gunshots next door, so I went next door to go see what happened and then I see my friend, Loyce, on the ground,” Brown told FOX 32.

Brown said that he had known Wright for 20 years and that the pair both worked in security.

“He was a good friend, he loved doing security, I loved doing security and it’s just sad that this happened to him,” said Brown.

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“All he was trying to do was work and take care of his family and now this,” he added.

The Chicago Police Department said that they do not have a suspect in custody and are investigating the incident.

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Dollar Tree Inc., the parent company of Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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3 months of Amazon Music Unlimited is available for just £1

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TL;DR: A three-month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited is on sale for £1. This deal is live until Feb. 27.


Why would you consider Amazon Music Unlimited when Spotify has never let you down? We’re not going to try and suggest that Amazon Music Unlimited is much better than Spotify, because that wouldn’t be true. But there are plenty of people out there who prefer Amazon’s service, and that might include you if you give it a chance.

Amazon Music Unlimited provides unrestricted access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists, all without any adverts. Users can stream and download their favorite tracks with unlimited skips and explore a vast selection of podcasts. And Amazon Music Unlimited now offers an exceptional audio experience thanks to HD and spatial audio options.

Until Feb. 27, a three-month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited is on sale for just £1. Once the three-month promotional period comes to an end, the subscription will automatically renew at £10.99 per month (£9.99 per month for Prime members). You can cancel this function at anytime though, so there’s no obligation to pay anything more than the deal price.

Get three months of Amazon Music Unlimited for £1.

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Washington, DC charter school student robbed of Air Jordan sneakers at gunpoint near campus

A public charter school student in Washington, D.C., was robbed of his Air Jordan sneakers at gunpoint near the campus shortly after dismissal on Wednesday afternoon.

A report from the Metropolitan Police Department said detectives believe the Paul Public Charter School student was walking along 8th Street Northwest and Peabody Street Northwest at around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday when he was robbed, according to FOX 5 DC.

Google Maps shows the school is located on 8th Street Northwest and intersects with Peabody Street Northwest right off the school’s campus near an athletic field.

The Crime Card section of the MPD website confirms an armed robbery took place at that location and time on Wednesday. The crime was reported a little over two hours later at 5:50 p.m.

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According to the police report, the boy, who was not identified by name, age or grade, was grabbed by three people, smacked in the face and slammed onto the ground before his shoes were stolen right off his feet.

During the robbery, one of the suspects allegedly said, “If you try to fight, I’ll blow your head off,” and flashed a handgun in his waistband, according to FOX 5. The thieves then ran off with the shoes.

The boy was wearing Air Jordan XI sneakers worth nearly $250, FOX 5 reported. The shoes can retail for well over that price depending on the style and if the design is custom or not.

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Shendrina Walker, who is listed as the Director of the Middle School Academy on the school’s website, sent a letter home to parents on Thursday acknowledging the incident.

It read in part: “Yesterday, after dismissal, it was reported that a student was robbed directly after school in the vicinity of 8th and Peabody. Please be assured that we are actively working with the scholar’s family and law enforcement authorities to confirm the details of what transpired. We are taking every measure to ensure the safety of our scholars at Paul. We are also deeply grateful to the staff members who promptly alerted us to the incident, allowing us to respond swiftly and appropriately.”

Walker wrote that the leadership at the school “cannot emphasize enough the importance of remaining vigilant” inside and outside of school buildings.

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Anyone with information related to the armed robbery can anonymously contact Metropolitan police at 202-727-9099.

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How to watch Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers online for free

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TL;DR: Stream Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge for free on BBC iPlayer. Access this free streaming platform from anywhere in the world with ExpressVPN.


There is a lot of rugby taking place this weekend in the Six Nations, but fans of rugby league are not missing out. The World Club Challenge is arguably the most interesting matchup of the weekend, and you can watch every moment without spending anything.

If you want to watch Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge for free from anywhere in the world, we have all the information you need.

What is the World Club Challenge?

The World Club Challenge brings together the winners of the Super League and NRL. This year that is Wigan Warriors and Penrith Panthers, with both sides looking to be crowned champions of world rugby league.

When is Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers?

Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers kicks off at 8 p.m. GMT on Feb. 24. This fixture takes place at the DW Stadium in Wigan.

How to watch Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers for free

The match between Wigan Warriors and Penrith Panthers will be broadcast live on BBC Two, with coverage starting from 7:30 p.m. GMT on Feb. 24. You can also live stream this fixture for free on BBC iPlayer.

BBC iPlayer is geo-restricted to the UK, but anyone can access this free streaming service with a VPN. These powerful tools can hide your real IP address (digital location) and connect you to a secure server in the UK, meaning you can access BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.

Access BBC iPlayer to stream the World Club Challenge by following these simple steps:

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  2. Download the app to your device of choice (the best VPNs have apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, and more)

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  4. Visit BBC iPlayer

  5. Stream Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers for free from anywhere in the world


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  • Easy-to-use app available on all major devices including iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac, and more

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Watch Wigan Warriors vs. Penrith Panthers for free from anywhere in the world with ExpressVPN.

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Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing wraps up in London, decision not expected until at least next month

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s hearing at the British High Court in London for his possible final appeal challenging his extradition to the U.S. concluded on Wednesday. The court is not expected to make a decision on the Australian publisher’s fate until at least next month.

The two-day appeal hearing before a panel of two judges wrapped up after U.S. lawyers delivered arguments, as they seek to have Assange, 52, sent to the U.S. to face espionage charges for publishing classified U.S. military documents 14 years ago.

Lawyer Clair Dobbin, representing the U.S. government, claimed the case is based on “law, on evidence” and “not political inspiration,” pushing back on accusations that Assange’s prosecution is politically motivated.

“Julian is a political prisoner, and he has to be released,” Assange’s wife, Stella, said in a speech outside the court.

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The judges overseeing the case, Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson, said Wednesday they would take time to come to a verdict, and a ruling on Assange’s fate is not expected until March at the earliest.

While the hearing could be Assange’s final appeal attempting to block his extradition to the U.S., a full appeal hearing could come in the future if he wins in court this week. If he loses this appeal, Assange’s only remaining option would be at the European Court of Human Rights, but his supporters fear he could be flown to the U.S. before that happens because the British government has already signed an extradition order.

Dobbin purported that Assange put innocent lives at risk and went beyond journalism in his efforts to obtain and publish classified U.S. government documents. She claims Assange encouraged and helped U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal diplomatic cables and military files that WikiLeaks published, and that doing so jeopardized lives.

But there is no evidence that WikiLeaks put anyone in danger by publishing the documents. It is also a common practice among journalists to ask a source to provide more material.

Dobbin claimed that Assange damaged U.S. security and intelligence services and “created a grave and imminent risk” by publishing hundreds of thousands of documents. She said these risks could harm and lead to the arbitrary detention of innocent people, including many who lived in war zones or under repressive regimes.

She said Assange encouraging Manning and others to hack into government computers and steal material meant that the WikiLeaks founder was “going a very considerable way beyond” a journalist gathering information.

Assange was “not someone who has just set up an online box to which people can provide classified information,” she said. “The allegations are that he sought to encourage theft and hacking that would benefit WikiLeaks.”

Lawyers for Assange argued during day one of the hearing on Tuesday that U.S. authorities are seeking to punish him for WikiLeaks’ “exposure of criminality on the part of the U.S. government on an unprecedented scale,” including torture and killings.

If he is extradited to the U.S., lawyer Edward Fitzgerald warned, there is “a real risk he may suffer a flagrant denial of justice.”

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Dobbin said the First Amendment does not grant immunity to journalists who break the law and that media outlets that went through the process of redacting the documents before publishing them are not being prosecuted.

Journalists located outside of England and Wales, including from Fox News Digital, were denied access to observe the hearing remotely. Journalists who were permitted access, either remotely or in person, had trouble at times hearing lawyers during Wednesday’s arguments.

Should he be extradited to the U.S. after exhausting all his legal appeals, Assange would face trial in Alexandria, Virginia, and could be sentenced to up to 175 years in an American maximum-security prison. His supporters have long argued that he would not receive a fair trial if he is extradited.

“We’ve essentially heard nothing new from the U.S. government’s legal representation in this hearing,” international nonprofit Reporters Without Borders said in a statement Wednesday. “Rather than addressing the compelling new arguments made by Assange’s defence, they have doubled down on their longstanding claims that Assange’s actions do not qualify as journalistic activity and that he will be given a fair trial in the U.S.”

“The facts of the matter remain: the publication by WikiLeaks in 2010 of the leaked classified documents exposed information that was in the public interest and informed journalism around the world,” the statement continued. “The prosecutor and other US officials have stated that as a foreign national, Assange will not be afforded First Amendment protections. Combined with the fact that the Espionage Act has no public interest defence, that means he cannot get a fair trial.”

Assange was absent from court on Tuesday and Wednesday because of health issues. His family has raised concerns about his physical and mental health, with Stella Assange telling reporters that her husband’s life is at risk every day he remains in prison and that she believes he will die if he’s extradited to the U.S.

Earlier this month, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, Alice Jill Edwards, called on the U.K. government to halt the possible extradition of Assange over concerns that he would be at risk of treatment amounting to torture or other forms of ill-treatment or punishment.

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Last month, a group of Australian lawmakers wrote a letter to U.K. Home Secretary James Cleverly demanding Assange’s U.S. extradition be halted over concerns about his safety and well-being, urging the U.K. government to instead make an independent assessment of Assange’s risk of persecution.

Assange is facing 17 charges for allegedly receiving, possessing and communicating classified information to the public under the Espionage Act, and one charge alleging a conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

The charges were brought by the Trump administration’s Justice Department over WikiLeaks’ 2010 publication of cables leaked by Manning detailing war crimes committed by the U.S. government in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention camp. The materials also exposed instances of the CIA engaging in torture and rendition.

WikiLeaks’ “Collateral Murder” video showing the U.S. military gunning down civilians in Iraq, including two Reuters journalists, was also published 14 years ago.

Assange has been held at London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison since he was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy on April 11, 2019, for breaching bail conditions. He had sought asylum at the embassy since 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden over allegations he raped two women because Sweden would not provide assurances it would protect him from extradition to the U.S. The investigations into the sexual assault allegations were eventually dropped.

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A U.K. District Judge rejected the U.S. extradition request in 2021 on the grounds that Assange was likely to kill himself if he was held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. Higher courts later overturned that decision after receiving assurances from the U.S. about his treatment, and the British government signed an extradition order in June 2022.

One of Assange’s lawyers, Mark Summers, said Tuesday there was evidence showing that there had been a plan to kidnap or murder Assange while he was in the Ecuadorean Embassy and former President Trump had requested “detailed options” to kill him.

“Senior CIA officials requested plans, the president himself requested on being provided with options on how to do it and sketches were even drawn up,” Summers said.

The CIA under the Trump administration allegedly had plans to kill Assange over the publication of sensitive agency hacking tools known as “Vault 7,” which were leaked to WikiLeaks, Yahoo reported in 2021. The agency said the leak represented “the largest data loss in CIA history.”

The agency was accused of having discussions “at the highest levels” of the administration about plans to assassinate Assange in London and allegedly followed orders from then-CIA director Mike Pompeo to draw up kill “sketches” and “options.” The CIA also had advanced plans to kidnap and rendition Assange, and had made a political decision to charge him, according to the Yahoo report.

While he was in the embassy, the CIA was exposed for spying on Assange and his lawyers. A judge recently ruled that a lawsuit brought against the CIA for spying on his visitors can move forward.

“They’re putting Julian into the hands of the country and of the people who plotted his assassination,” Stella Assange said.

The Obama administration in 2013 decided not to indict Assange over WikiLeaks’ 2010 publication of classified cables because it would have had to also indict journalists from major news outlets who published the same materials, which has been described as “The New York Times problem.” Former President Obama also commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence for violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses to seven years in January 2017, and Manning, who had been imprisoned since 2010, was released later that year.

But the Justice Department under former President Trump later moved to indict Assange under the Espionage Act, and the Biden administration has continued to pursue his prosecution.

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No publisher had been charged under the Espionage Act until Assange, and many press freedom groups have said his prosecution sets a dangerous precedent intended to criminalize journalism.

In 2022, the editors and publishers of U.S. and European outlets that worked with Assange on the publication of excerpts from the more than 250,000 documents he obtained in the Cablegate leak – The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País – wrote an open letter calling for the U.S. to drop the charges against Assange.

An editor for The Guardian also published an editorial on Sunday saying that the outlet opposes Assange’s U.S. extradition because doing so would be a threat to both the WikiLeaks founder and journalism. 

There have also been multiple efforts made by lawmakers in the U.S. and Australia in the last year to demand Assange’s freedom, including a vote last week in which the Australian Parliament overwhelmingly supported calling on the U.S. and U.K. Governments to end Assange’s prosecution and a resolution introduced last month in the U.S. House calling for him to be released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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