Assange Hit With New DoJ Charges

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been hit with a new indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleges that he conspired with hackers associated with the “LulzSec” and “Anonymous” hacking groups to plan hacking activities. The Justice department alleges Assange communicated directly with a leader of the LulzSec hacking group, who happens to have co-operating with the FBI as of the time of communication, and provided a list of targets for LulzSec to hack. Assange is said to have encouraged the LulzSec leader to target materials from the CIA, NSA, or newspaper New York Times. According to the DOJ, WikiLeaks obtained and published emails from a data breach committed against an American intelligence consulting company by a hacker associated with the LulzSec and Anonymous hacking groups.

The conspiracy charges are being made atop broader charges of Assange allegedly conspiring with famed Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password hash to a classified computer owned by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Assange is currently detained in the U.K. on an extradition request from the U.S. U.S. authorities are pushing for his extradition to face charges on U.S. soil. The formal announcement of Assange's new indictment can be accessed via this link.

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