Analysis

Hacking Charge Only Tip Of Iceberg For WikiLeaks' Assange

Law360 (April 11, 2019, 11:16 PM EDT) -- U.S. prosecutors stunned some legal observers today as they charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange solely with computer hacking in connection with the 2010 release of classified government documents, but former federal prosecutors expect more controversial charges related to both that leak and other high-profile WikiLeaks dumps to soon emerge.

Following his arrest Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange faces extradition to the U.S., where authorities have charged him with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. The charge, which prosecutors likely brought as a way to dodge accusations that they were trampling on journalists' right to obtain confidential information from...

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