Julian Assange charged by US prosecutors with violating Espionage Act
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged by US prosecutors with violating the Espionage Act, accused of receiving and publishing classified information.
The charges are contained in an 18-count indictment announced today.
The new charges go far beyond an initial indictment against Assange made public last month that accused him of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in a conspiracy to crack a US Defence Department computer password.
The new indictment says Assange conspired with Manning to obtain and disclose classified national defence documents, including State Department cables and reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It says his actions "risked serious harm" to the United States.
The 47-year-old Assange is in custody in London after being evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in April. The US is seeking his extradition.
More to come.
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