U.S. Issues Additional Indictments Against Julian Assange

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Author: 
Alex Psilakis
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

The fight over Julian Assange has shown no sign of slowing down. On May 23, 2019, the U.S. raised the stakes, charging Assange with 17 additional crimes in violation of the Espionage Act. According to the indictment, the U.S. has charged Assange with conspiracy to receive national defense information, obtaining national defense information, and disclosure of national defense information, all alongside the initial charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. The indictment stresses that Assange generally directed Manning to steal vast numbers of secret documents, including State Department cables, documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay Detainee assessment briefs. Manning initially released these documents, the indictment notes, in response to a list published by WikiLeaks titled “Most Wanted Leaks” in 2009. Eventually, she entered into direct communication with Assange. For example, when Manning noted that she may have run out of classified documents to illegally disclose, Assange noted, “curious eyes never run dry.”