US says Assange’s sentence for “conspiracy” with Chelsea Manning

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested on Thursday, April 11 in London, faces up to five years in prison for hacking, for conspiring with Chelsea Manning and stealing classified data, the US Department of Justice said.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday (April 11th) in London following an extradition request from the United States, where he is charged with conspiring with Chelsea Manning to receive classified documents. AFP, referring to the US Department of Justice.

According to the indictment, which was previously under seal, the Australian is accused of agreeing to help former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to obtain a password to access thousands of classified defense-secret documents.

“During the plot, Manning and Assange engaged in real-time discussions about Manning’s transmission of classified documents to Assange,” said a Justice Department statement.

Refugee since 2012 at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, Julian Assange was arrested this Thursday, April 11 by the British police.

Previously, Wikileaks had announced on his Twitter account that Julian Assange could be expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London “in a few hours or days”. The Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had described this information as “rumor”.

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