Wikileaks Founder Assange Charged in Superseding Indictment

Elliot Setzer
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 11:03 AM

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On June 24, a federal grand jury handed down a superseding indictment charging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with offenses related to Assange’s alleged role in intentionally working with hackers to compromise classified information.

The new indictment does not add new charges to a prior superseding indictment returned against Assange in May 2019, which charged Assange with 17-counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of conspiring to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Instead, the June 24 superseding indictment broadens “the scope of the conspiracy surrounding alleged computer intrusions with which Assange was previously charged,” according to a statement by the Department of Justice. The new charging document states that Assange actively recruited hackers to provide WikiLeaks with documents. In 2012, Assange allegedly communicated with a leader of the hacking group “LulzSec” and provided a list of targets for the group to hack.

You can read the indictment here and below:

Elliot Setzer is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford Law School and a Ph.D student at Yale University. He previously worked at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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