U.S. Files 18 New Charges Against Assange

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US prosecutors have brought new accusations against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, accusing him of working with a former Army intelligence analyst to obtain classified information.

Mr Assange has already been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a London court for jumping bail in 2012 and hiding in the Ecuadorean embassy.

He is subject to an existing extradition request by the US, where he is wanted on a narrower computer hacking charge following the leak of thousands of classified documents in 2010 relating to military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Thursday the US justice department unveiled a superseding 18-count indictment detailing new criminal charges against Mr Assange, saying he conspired with the former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining classified information.

It also accused him of posting a narrower set of classified documents that identified Afghan and Iraqi sources. Mr Assange has said he will fight extradition to the US.

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