United States charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage

In a count having to do with WikiLeaks's publishing of State Department cables, for example, prosecutors write that "ASSANGE, having unauthorized possession of State Department cables, classified up to the SECRET level, containing the names of individuals, who risked their safety and freedom by providing information to the United States and our allies, communicated the documents containing names of those sources to all the world by publishing them on the Internet".

Assange was accused of encouraging Chelsea Manning, then a USA intelligence analyst in Iraq, to access secret USA government information with a view to releasing it to the public.

The superseding indictment comes after Assange was charged in March with conspiring with Manning to gain access to a Government computer as part of his attempt to leak hundreds of thousands of United States military reports in 2010.

The superseding indictment comes a little more than a month after the Justice Department unsealed a narrower criminal case against Assange.

The most recent charges claim Assange "risked serious harm" to the United States by unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified national defence documents.

"Julian Assange is no journalist", said Assistant Attorney General John Demers, the Justice Department's top national security official.

"Assange was warned by the State Department to not release the names, and he did so, nevertheless", the official said.

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Almost half of the 250 respondents said they have experienced non-tariff retaliatory measures in China since previous year . Washington also wants curbs on subsidies for Chinese state-owned enterprises and increased access to US markets.

Swedish deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson on Monday filed a request with the court to have Assange, now imprisoned in Britain, detained in his absence over a 2010 rape allegation.

The new charges dramatically raise the stakes of the case both for Julian Assange and the news media.

The charges were filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III investigated WikiLeaks and its publication of Democratic National Committee emails stolen by the Russian government in 2016. But the charges against Assange do not touch on that activity.

The 47-year-old is in prison in London after being evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in April.

He was sentenced to 50 weeks behind bars for absconding while on bail. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam has started extradition proceedings against him.

A federal grand jury has indicted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. She told the judge she "would rather starve to death" than testify.

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