Julian Assange Charged In WikiLeaks Hacking Case Involving Chelsea Manning: Court Documents

Julian Assange Charged In WikiLeaks Hacking Case Involving Chelsea Manning: Court Documents

The WikiLeaks founder was charged with conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information, conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, and multiple counts of obtaining and disclosing national defense information, according to unsealed court documents. As per the DOJ, Assange had asked the LulzSec leader to get mail, documents, databases and PDFs for one target.

On Wednesday, the indictment was expanded to accuse him of conspiring with a hacking collective known as LulzSec in 2012, which was "cooperating with the FBI" at the time, directing them to hack specific targets.

Last year, WikiLeaks founder was charged with the superseding indictment, maintaining the earlier 18 counts of computer intrusion and Espionage Act violations.

Furthermore, Assange published emails from a US-based intelligence community consulting firm's data breach provided by a hacker affiliated with Anonymous and LulzSec.

The DOJ added: "In another communication, Assange told the LulzSec leader that the most impactful release of hacked materials would be from the CIA, NSA, or The New York Times".

The superseding indictment [pdf] does not include additional charges beyond the 18-count indictment by the Justice Department in May 2019. Assange indirectly asked that hacker to spam that company again, the USA said.

The US Department of Justice revealed the new indictment on Wednesday, meant to "broaden the scope of the conspiracy" Assange was accused of in May 2019, shortly after he was hauled out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and imprisoned by United Kingdom authorities.

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The allegations in the new indictment centre on conferences as far back as 2009, in locations including the Netherlands and Malaysia, at which prosecutors say he and a WikiLeaks associate sought to recruit hackers who could locate classified information, including material on a "Most Wanted Leaks" list posted on WikiLeaks' website.

For instance, Assange told the Hacking At Random conference that WikiLeaks had obtained non-public documents from the Congressional Research Service by exploiting "a small vulnerability" inside the document distribution system of the United States Congress.

Barry Pollack, Assange's lawyer said in a statement that "the government's relentless pursuit of Julian Assange poses a grave threat to journalists everywhere and to the public's right to know".

The indictment contains allegations that Assange has committed a crime, he is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, Arrested at Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Assange's extradition to the United States is being handled by the Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs and UK authorities, including the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales.

The 48-year-old is now in prison in the U.K., where he is now awaiting possible extradition to the United States, pending a September hearing.

U.S. prosecutors are seeking his extradition on the grounds that he damaged national security by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents, but Assange maintains he was acting as a journalist entitled to First Amendment protection.

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