Cyber Report

The Assange Indictment: Seven Things to Know

Cyber Report

Yesterday, the Justice Department unsealed its 2018 one-count indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

#1 – The Indictment Charges Assange with Conspiring to Hack Classified Files

The indictment, which was filed under seal in federal court in Virginia on March 6, 2018, alleges that:

On or about March 8, 2010, Assange agreed to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on United States Department of Defense Computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network, a United States government network used for classified documents and communica­tions

That is the offense.  It does not appear that Manning and Assange were successful, but one attempt is enough to charge and convict.

#2 – Are Additional Charges Likely

There is a question of whether additional charges will be brought against Assange, such as in connection with the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee, but that is uncertain. Any superseding indictment would need to…

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