Truman Show Reflections by Mitch Santell near Hollywood.
The world today turns its eyes and ears to Julian Assange who was arrested earlier today after his Asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy. Mr. Assange has been living in the Embassy for over 7 years.
The Police were invited into the Embassy and Julian Assange was arrested against his will.
The US Justice Department just officially charged Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, shortly after he was removed from the Ecuador embassy in London and arrested by local police. The charge is “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government computer.” The Justice department also said it was in relation to “Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.” It’s the same allegation that was made in the Chelsea Manning trial in 2013, in which the former US Army private was found guilty of theft and espionage in relation to the release of classified government documents. But now that Assange has had his asylum revoked by the Ecuadorian government and has been arrested, he can finally be extradited to the US to face these charges.
More specifically, the Justice Department alleges that Assange conspired to assist Manning in cracking a password that allowed access to US Department of Defense computers that contained classified information. The alleged conspiracy was said to be carried out in March of 2010, a time when Manning was already using her access to download documents and transmit them to WikiLeaks.
If found guilty, Assange would face up to five years in prison, though the Justice Department notes that actual sentences are often less than the maximum penalty. That said, there could be more charges against Assange coming from the US — these revealed today are just the basis of the US’s extradition request.
Before Assange can stand trial in the US, however, he needs to be extradited from the UK, a process that could take months. Assange faces other, minor charges in the UK that could potentially delay the extradition, but in all likelihood the UK will agree with the US government’s request sooner or later.
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