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One-time Aussie cupboard-dweller Julian Assange has been charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion by the US government.
Shortly after his arrest in London today – which followed the Ecuadorian embassy handing him over to British police – a US indictment dated March 2018 was unsealed.
Assange - Part - Conspiracy - Hundreds - Thousands
It charges Assange for his part in a computer-hacking conspiracy from 2010, when hundreds of thousands of secret US cables, war reports and briefs were released after being leaked by US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
The US Department of Justice alleged that Assange had conspired with Manning – who had top secret security clearance – to break into Pentagon computers and snag the document cache.
Indictment - PDF - Eastern - District - Virginia
The indictment (PDF) was made in the Eastern District of Virginia.
It alleges that Manning and Assange had multiple conversations about getting the files, with Assange helping her hack a password stored on Department of Defense computers, in a "password-cracking agreement", and discussed measures to conceal Manning as the source.
Indictment - Manning
The indictment said that Manning downloaded four nearly complete...
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