The US Justice Department, on the back of CIA director Mike Pompeo’s criticisms this week of WikiLeaks, have announced their renewed interest in formally charging Assange and other members of WikiLeaks. The only problem is they haven’t found anything to charge them with.

The warrantless searches can target anyone and everyone who has contact with a person outside the United States. These people can include journalists, politicians, business executives, human rights activists and attorneys for research or merely banking purposes.

While the CIA scrambles to defend themselves and the FBI hunts out the likely candidate responsible for the WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 leak – a trove of CIA documents highlighting the intelligence agency’s ability to hack and spy – an important piece of the puzzle remains largely ignored.