Julian Assange faces 17 new US charges

Julian Assange is facing 17 more charges in the US for allegedly receiving and publishing classified information.

The US claims his actions “risked serious harm” to the country after he published thousands of secret and classified documents.

It filed an 18-count indictment on Thursday, which includes an initial indictment made public last month.

The initial indictment accused the WikiLeaks founder of conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer.

Assange is now facing further charges which allege he conspired with Manning to obtain and disclose national defence documents, including State Department cables and military reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US is seeking the 47-year-old’s extradition, after he was evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in April.

He is currently being held in prison in London.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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