Julian Assange charged with computer hacking conspiracy
US justice department alleges that Assange conspired with Chelsea Manning to break into a secret Pentagon computer network
Julian Assange has been charged by the US government with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, according to an indictment released soon after the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest in London.
The US justice department alleged that Assange conspired with Chelsea Manning in 2010 to break into a secret Pentagon computer network in order to obtain classified documents that Assange’s site published.
Assange faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted.