The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has sought to recruit hackers at conferences in Europe and Asia that may provide at its Web site anti-secret classified information, and conspired with members of organizations of hacking, according to a new indictment of the department of Justice announced Wednesday.
The indictment of replacement does not contain further charges beyond the 18 counts that the department of Justice has sealed the last year. But prosecutors say this points to the efforts of Assange to obtain and disclose classified information, allegations which constitute the basis of criminal charges that he already faces.
Beyond the recruitment of hackers at conferences, the indictment accuses Assange of conspiracy with members of groups hacking known under the name of LulzSec and Anonymous. He has also worked with a hacker of 17 years who has given her information stolen in a bank and ordered the teenager to steal in the supplemental material, including audio recordings of senior officials, according to prosecutors.
The lawyer of Assange, Barry Pollack, said in a statement that ” the relentless pursuit of the government against Julian Assange poses a serious threat to journalists around the world and for the public’s right to know.”
“While the indictment of replacement today is another chapter in the efforts of the american government to persuade the public that its pursuit of Julian Assange is based on something other than his publication of truthful information “, he added, ” the indictment continues to accuse him of violating the espionage law based on the publications of WikiLeaks exposing war crimes committed by the u.s. government. ”
Assange was arrested last year after being expelled from the embassy of Ecuador in London, where he had sought refuge to avoid being sent to Sweden for allegations of rape and sexual assault, and is at the centre of a conflict of extradition to whether it needs to be sent to the United States.
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The ministry of Justice has been accused of plotting with the former intelligence analyst of the us army, Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromise of classified information of the history of the United States in working together to decrypt a password on a government computer.
Prosecutors say that the founder of WikiLeaks has compromised national security by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including diplomatic cables and military files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that have affected the United States and their allies and assisted their opponents.
Assange argues that he was acting as a journalist entitled to the protection of the First Amendment. His lawyers have argued that the accusations of espionage and misuse of computers in the United States were motivated by political considerations, and constituted an abuse of power.
Assange has attracted considerable attention during the presidential election of 2016, and in the investigations that followed, after WikiLeaks published e-mails democrats stolen, according to the american authorities, have been hacked by officials of the military intelligence Russian. An investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller has revealed how the partners of the campaign Trump looked forward to the disclosures by e-mail. An ally of Trump, Roger Stone, was found guilty last year of having lied about his efforts to get inside information on the e-mails. Assange, however, was never charged in the investigation from Mueller, on Russia.
The allegations in the new centre of charges relating to conferences in places such as the netherlands and Malaysia in 2009, during which prosecutors allege that he and a partner of WikiLeaks have sought to recruit hackers who could locate classified information, including items appearing on the list of “leaks the most sought-after” published on the website WikiLeaks.
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According to the new indictment, he declared to potential recruits that, unless they are members of the u.s. military, they would incur no legal liability for stealing of classified information and transmitted to WikiLeaks, “because” TOP SECRET ” meant nothing in law. . ”
At a conference in Malaysia, called the “Conference of security Hack in the Box”, Assange said the public: “I was a famous hacker a teenager in Australia, and I read the emails of the generals since the age of 17 years.