Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing more charges from United States prosecutors

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing more charges from United States prosecutors

Previously, Anderson berated the United Kingdom and Ecuadorian governments on Twitter following Assange's arrest in London in April.

In an 18-count, superseding indictment, Justice Department prosecutors allege that Assange directed former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromises of classified information in US history.

Under President Trump the Department of Justice revived its Assange investigation, but when he was charged under seal in 2017 it was with a narrow complaint that sidestepped such concerns by focusing on a single incident of attempted hacking.

Among the documents published on WikiLeaks, there were State Department cables and reports on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. "If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each count except for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, for which he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison", DOJ released. According to a 2013 Washington Post report, that decision came in part because law enforcement officials believed they could not bring charges against Assange without prosecuting traditional news organizations and journalists who also published classified information.

Julian Assange, in a prison van, as he leaves Southwark Crown Court in London.

Barry Pollack said the indictment charges Assange with "encouraging sources to provide him truthful information and for publishing that information".

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The Justice Department's quick turn-around with the filing of a more substantial indictment against Assange is not surprising. They are likely to trigger a battle over whether Assange was acting as a journalist - something he claims but the USA disputes.

The WikiLeaks founder is facing potential extradition to the United States after he was arrested in April in London.

The charges were filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. He was arrested that day, April 11, by British police as he left the embassy.

He was subsequently sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching bail conditions when he took refuge in the embassy. Swedish authorities have reopened the rape case against him, which could delay any United States extradition. A federal judge last week imposed a fine of $500 per day if Manning does not testify within 30 days, and raised the fine to $1,000 per day if she does not testify within 60 days.

A federal grand jury has indicted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act.

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