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UPDATE 5-U.S. charges WikiLeaks' Assange with hacking conspiracy with Manning

UPDATE 5-U.S. charges WikiLeaks' Assange with hacking conspiracy with ManningU.S. prosecutors announced charges on Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. Assange, arrested by British police and carried out of Ecaudor’s embassy in London, faces up to five years in prison on the American charge, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Assange’s indictment arose from a criminal investigation dating back to former President Barack Obama’s administration.



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Leaker Chelsea Manning stuck in jail after Assange arrest

Leaker Chelsea Manning stuck in jail after Assange arrestNine years ago, a 23-year-old US army specialist, deeply troubled by the US war in Iraq and by her own gender identity, rocked the US government by leaking disturbing classified military records to WikiLeaks. Chelsea Manning spent years in prison for her crime before her sentence was commuted — but on Friday was again sitting in jail for what her supporters say is an ongoing punitive political vendetta. Last month, she refused to testify in a secret grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested in London on Thursday on a US indictment linked to their cooperation in 2010 on the leak of secret US records of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.



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U.S. Charges Assange With Helping Manning Crack Password to Steal Classified Documents

U.S. Charges Assange With Helping Manning Crack Password to Steal Classified DocumentsReuters / Henry NichollsLONDON—The U.S. has charged Julian Assange with illegally helping Chelsea Manning crack a computer password to steal classified documents, the Justice Department said Thursday. Assange was dramatically dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police early Thursday, where cops arrested him on one relatively minor charge of skipping bail in 2012 over rape charges in Sweden, and then later arrested him for a second time on an extradition warrant on behalf of U.S. authorities. Assange was found guilty of the bail charge.The Justice Department revealed that Assange the arrest was over a federal charge of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” and relates to the Wikileaks founder's alleged role in what it calls “one of the largest compromises of classified information” in U.S. history.“The indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network,” the Justice Department said in a statement.Manning has been in jail since March 3, when a federal judge found her in contempt for refusing to testify in front of the Alexandria, Virginia, grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. The grand jury has been probing the secret-spilling website since 2010 it started publishing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables Manning leaked to Assange.The Justice Department alleges that Assange helped Manning try to access computers under a username that didn't belong to her. The statement goes on to say that, once Manning gained access to the system, Assange repeatedly encouraged her to share more and more information.“During an exchange, Manning told Assange that ‘after this upload, that’s all I really have got left,’” the Justice Department claimed. “To which Assange replied, ‘curious eyes never run dry in my experience.’”Any extradition may take some time. The British government released its own statement on Assange earlier in the day in which it made clear anyone who's being extradited will be given the opportunity to appeal to the government, then to the country's High Court.It also said that British judges have the power to decide whether or not extradition would breach an individual’s human rights, or whether their health makes it “unjust or oppressive” to extradite them.Assange arrived at a court in London Thursday afternoon, three hours after he was hauled out of the place he called home for nearly seven years. He was found guilty on the relatively minor bail charge—for which he could serve twelve months in prison—and was told he would face a hearing on the extradition warrant in just four weeks.Read more at The Daily Beast.



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Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in inquiry into Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in inquiry into Julian Assange and WikiLeaksChelsea Manning, who was jailed in 2013 for leaking US military secrets to WikiLeaks, was arrested again on Friday for refusing to testify in a grand jury investigation targeting the anti-secrecy group. US District Judge Claude Hilton ordered Manning to be held not as punishment but to force her testimony in the secret case, according to a spokesman for the US attorney in the Alexandria, Virginia federal court. "Chelsea Manning has been remanded into federal custody for her refusal to provide testimony" to a grand jury in Arlington, Virginia, said a statement from her support group The Sparrow Project. They cited the judge in the case, Claude Hilton, as saying Manning would be held indefinitely "until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury." Manning, 31, was held in contempt of court after refusing earlier this week to testify for an investigation into actions by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange in 2010, according to her own description. Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been placed in jail to coerce her to testify against Julian Assange. Whistleblowers are now being forced to testify against journalists. A new angle in the attack on media freedom. More: t.co/jFzuiRUaYo Fund: t.co/X51GmHBUQH— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 8, 2019 Manning, a transgender woman then known as Bradley Manning, was a military intelligence analyst at the time who delivered more than 700,000 classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into WikiLeaks's hands. She became a hero to anti-war and anti-secrecy activists and her actions helped make WikiLeaks a force in the global anti-secrecy movement. In 2013, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison.  She was released in 2017, after President Barack Obama commuted the final 28 years of her 35-year sentence.  Anticipating the contempt charge, Manning said Thursday she had asserted her constitutional rights to refuse to answer questions the day before even as she was offered immunity for her testimony. She objected to the secret nature of grand juries, which can interview witnesses without their attorneys present. "All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 – answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013," she said. "In solidarity with many activists facing the odds, I will stand by my principles. I will exhaust every legal remedy available," she said. "My legal team continues to challenge the secrecy of these proceedings, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my refusal." tomorrow i’m facing a sealed contempt hearing for refusing to testify at a secret grand jury over my 2010 disclosures statement: pic.twitter.com/M1uhssUzXh— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) March 7, 2019 Manning spent more than three years in prison in 2013-2017, during which she underwent gender transition therapy, spent time in solitary confinement and attempted suicide twice. Last year she ran for the Democratic Party's nomination to the US Senate in Maryland but failed to unseat the incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin. The US government has been investigating Assange and WikiLeaks for years and has stepped up its efforts against the Britain-based group after it served as an outlet for internal Democratic communications that Washington alleges were stolen by hackers from Russia's GRU intelligence agency during the 2016 US election. Fearing arrest and extradition to the United States, Assange has been sheltering in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012. He says WikiLeaks's publishing of US secrets is no different than what the mass media does and he should enjoy the same protections as journalists.



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Manning faces possible contempt charges in WikiLeaks probe

Manning faces possible contempt charges in WikiLeaks probeWikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning said Thursday she could return to prison on contempt charges after she refused to testify to a secret grand jury believed to be investigating the anti-secrecy group’s founder Julian Assange. Manning said she asserted her consitutional rights to refuse to answer questions on Wednesday — even as she was offered immunity — and that a federal judge will review whether her actions amounted to contempt, which could send her back to jail. “On Friday I will return to federal court in Alexandria, Virginia for a closed contempt hearing,” she said in a statement.



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Ex-Army intelligence analyst Manning jailed for defying grand jury subpoena

Ex-Army intelligence analyst Manning jailed for defying grand jury subpoenaManning had appeared before the grand jury on Wednesday but declined to answer questions in connection with what is widely believed to be the government’s long-running investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, citing her First, Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights under the Constitution.



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Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt after refusing to testify in WikiLeaks grand jury investigation

Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt after refusing to testify in WikiLeaks grand jury investigationJudge jails Chelsea Manning for contempt after she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.



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Adrian Lamo, Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning, Dies at 37

Adrian Lamo, Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning, Dies at 37Adrian Lamo, the computer hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to authorities



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Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in MarylandManning is a writer and activist, and has written for the Guardian. Chelsea Manning, the former US army private who was imprisoned for passing information to WikiLeaks, has filed to run for a seat in the US Senate. A federal election filing, made on Thursday, confirmed Manning’s intention to run in the November elections as a Democrat.



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Chelsea Manning confirms US Senate run

Chelsea Manning confirms US Senate runNORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate.



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