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Assange charged in US with computer hacking conspiracy

AFP  |  Washington 

founder was arrested in on a US warrant charging him over his alleged role in a massive leak of military and diplomatic documents in 2010, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Assange faces up to five years in jail on a federal charge of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified computer," according to a statement.

The indictment alleges Assange conspired with Chelsea Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, to crack a password stored on computers, leading to "one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States," the statement said.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 19:05 IST