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Assange indicted on 17 counts under Espionage Act

Assange indicted on 17 counts under Espionage Act (Threat Actors)

Home > Security News > APTs/cyberespionage WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted Tuesday on 17 counts of violating the rarely invoked Espionage Act for the 2010 procurement and publication of classified documents nicked by former Army Private and intelligence officer Chelsea Manning. They accuse Assange of soliciting classified and sensitive information, egging on Manning, who used her top secret clearance to obtain documents that showed U.S. actions during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars as well as the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo. Assange also spurred Manning to continue to steal documents and helped her “crack a password hash to a military computer,” the indictment said. By the time Assange entered into a password-cracking agreement with Manning, he “knew, understood, and fully anticipated that Manning was taking and illegally providing WikiLeaks with classified records containing national defense information of the United States that she was obtaining from classified databases.” Manning eventually pleaded guilty to 10 of 22 charges against her and served seven years in prison before President Obama commuted her sentence.

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