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The Ministry of Justice against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the 18-count superseding indictment; Catherine Herridge reports.
A federal grand jury handed an 18-count superseded indictment on Thursday charging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with a lot of facts about his alleged role in one of the largest leaks of classified information in U.S. history.
The indictment alleged Assange coordinated with the former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak confidential documents relating to the AMERICAN war and diplomacy around the world.
The officials of the V. S. claimed Assange worked in conjunction with the Crew to break into a classified government computer.
Manning, who for a number of years in prison for the leaks to WikiLeaks, was jailed in March after refusing to testify to a grand jury on WikiLeaks.
In response to the charges WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday, “This is madness. It is the end of national security journalism and the first amendment.”
Ben Brandon, a barrister of the AMERICAN government, said in court earlier this month that the American investigators had acquired details of the communication between Manning and Assange in 2010. The two had reportedly been “active in the real-time debates about Chelsea Manning’s dissemination of confidential files of Mr Assange.”
He added that the records that are downloaded from a classified computer included with 90,000 activity reports from the war in Afghanistan, 400,000 Iraq war-related reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessments and 250,000 State Department cables.
Also, earlier this month, Assange, 47, told a British court he won’t agree to be extradited to the US, where he is confronted with the accusation of conspiracy to hack a Pentagon computer.
He spoke to the court on 2 May, via video link from a prison in London, saying that he would not “surrender myself for extradition for the doing of journalism that has won numerous awards and protected a lot of people.”
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The hearing came just a day after the WikiLeaks founder was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in the uk for jumping bail in 2012 and hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questions about rape and sexual assault allegations.
This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, William Mears, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.