After seven years of watching and waiting for some movement when it came to the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Thursday morning in London saw a raid of the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up in asylum. The man himself was carried from the building by British MPs.
In the hours since then, word has come that the raid may well have been conducted on behalf of the United States government which has formally charged the man with crimes against the nation in relation to convicted traitor Bradley Manning who now goes by the name Chelsea.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for aiding Chelsea Manning in the cracking of a password to a classified U.S. government computer in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department announced hours after Assange’s arrest in London.
Assange is accused of engaging in a conspiracy with Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst, in breaking a password stored on a U.S. Defense Department computer connected to a U.S. government computer network for classified documents and communications, the Justice Department said. Manning later transmitted a trove of classified government files to Assange, whose website posted the materials to a worldwide audience. Cracking the password allowed Manning to use a different username “rather than her own,” officials said.
“During the conspiracy, Manning and Assange engaged in real-time discussions regarding Manning’s transmission of classified records to Assange,” the Justice Department said. “The discussions also reflect Assange actively encouraging Manning to provide more information. During an exchange, Manning told Assange that ‘after this upload, that’s all I really have got left.’ To which Assange replied, ‘curious eyes never run dry in my experience.’”
Assange is no stranger to sabotaging the American government via leaks of classified information. He has been wanted for these crimes for years. Now, he finally is on his way to the USA to face the music for leaking information to which he had no right in the first place.