The Department of Justice has brought 17 new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange is primarily being charged for his “alleged complicity in illegal acts” involving Chelsea Manning and “for agreeing and attempting to obtain” information that compromised national security, officials say.
The DOJ says that the charges were brought for his disclosure of the names of innocent people included dissidents, human rights activists and others.
Breaking: US files 17 new charges against Julian Assange. He is charged with publishing classified material, which is what journalists do. This will deeply concern advocates of press freedom. DoJ says they charged this because he revealed the names of confidential sources.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) May 23, 2019