Cyber Report

Revised Assange Indictment Triggers First Amendment Concerns, Complicates Extradition

Cyber Report

On May 23rd the Justice Department returned a superseding indictment against Julian Assange that not only includes and expands on the prior claim stemming from an attempt to hack into the Pentagon’s Secret Internet Protocol Network but adds sixteen additional charges stemming from obtaining and publishing classified information.

Counts 5, 18: Attempted Unauthorized Obtaining and Receiving of National Defense Information; Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion

The original Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion charge is now two counts – one for attempted unauthorized access of National Defense Information and the other for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion with Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning.

Assange and Manning used the “Jabber” online chat service to collaborate on the acquisition and dissemination of the classified records, and to enter into the agreement to crack the password stored on United States Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network.

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