US Department of Justice Reveals New indictmentdirected against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This document does not add new charges to the 18 points already put forward by the United States in May 2019, but sheds light on new details of Assange’s alleged crimes and broadens the original charges so that they can be reclassified to more serious ones.
In particular, the Justice Ministry claims that many years ago Assange entered into a conspiracy with hackers from the Anonymous and LulzSec groups, wanting to order hacking of specific targets from them. So, the document reads:
“In 2012, Assange came into direct contact with the leader of the hacker group LulzSec (who had by then cooperated with the FBI) and provided him with a list of targets for hacking. For one purpose, Assange asked the LulzSec leader to view (someone else's) mail and documents, databases and PDF files (and provide them with WikiLeaks).
In another conversation, Assange told the LulzSec leader that the release of materials stolen through hacking by the CIA, NSA, or the New York Times would have the greatest impact.
(As a result) WikiLeaks received and published emails from an American analytical consulting company received as a result of hacking and data leakage committed by Anonymous and an affiliate with the LulzSec group hacker. According to this hacker, later Assange indirectly asked him to spam this affected company again. ”
These details complement previous allegations that Assange conspired with intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack the army’s password hash and gain access to sensitive materials later posted on the WikiLeaks portal.
Let me remind you that since the spring of 2019, Julian Assange has been under arrest in the UK, and the United States has filed a request for his extradition. Apparently, now the US Department of Justice is trying to prove that the charges against Assange are not only related to the coverage and publication of data leaks, but also include conspiracy and obtaining data through hacking. That is, the arguments for defending press freedom and the First Amendment to the US Constitution will already be powerless.