The founder of Wikileaks is currently in London, where he was arrested last month after almost 7 years of asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy and risks 10 years in prison for each charge.
On the basis of the Espionage Act for conspiring to obtain and publish classified information, Julian Assange indicted with 18 new charges by The United States.
"His actions have seriously endangered the national security of the United States and brought benefits to our adversaries," says the Justice Department.
According to what was announced today by the US Justice Department, the charges against Assange rise to 18, and the violation of the "Espionage Act" for the most important disclosure of classified material in American history is also disputed.
Assange, 47, is currently in London, where he was arrested last month after almost 7 years of asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had taken refuge in 2012.
"Many of these documents were classified at the` secret 'level, which means that their unauthorized disclosure can cause serious damage to the national security of the United States, "reads the Justice Department note on the new charges related to the documents published in 2010 by Wikileaks, including those related to abuse and torture by the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq
Assange's decision to publish the names of Afghan and Iraqi citizens, journalists and religious leaders who provided information to US forces exposed these people "to the grave and imminent risks," the Justice Department added. If found guilty Assange risks 10 years for every charge against him.