Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was brought out of Ecuador’s embassy in London this morning and arrested, after seven years there. Charges have been filed and an extradition request made by the United States.
After his arrest in London, the Justice Department here in Washington, announcing charges against Julian Assange, citing a computer hacking conspiracy.
In a press release, the D.O.J. said, “the indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, to assist manning in cracking a password” on classified D.O.D. computer systems.
The indictment unsealed today against julian assange was signed last year, on March 6, 2018.
But in recent weeks, prosecutors subpoenaed manning to testify before a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, about what she shared with Wikileaks.
She was jailed after refusing to testify.
Assange, arrested Thursday morning at Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he’s been for the last seven years.
Ecuador granted assange asylum as he faced sexual assault allegations in Sweden. Sweden has since dropped that case but could reopen it.