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U.S. unveils espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

U.S. unveils espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court after being sentenced in London, Britain, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls   -   Copyright  HENRY NICHOLLS(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department unveiled 17 criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, saying he unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired and assisted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information.

The superseding indictment comes a little more than a month after the Justice Department unsealed a narrower criminal case against Assange. He was charged with conspiring with Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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