Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces new charges

Posted at 4:42 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 18:42:35-04
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FILE – In this May 19, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures to supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been in self-imposed exile since 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)


(CNN NEWSOURCE) – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been charged with 17 new counts under the Espionage Act for “unlawfully obtaining” and disclosing national defense information.

The indictment says Assange and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning worked together, collecting thousands of pages of classified material.

The Justice Department says Assange published information on Wikileaks that identified sources, putting those people in danger.

Assange had already been charged with computer intrusion.