US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant - 2020-06-25

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F0.png US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant June 25, 2020, Shaun Nichols, The Register

Prosecutors in the US have upgraded their case against Julian Assange with a second superseding indictment claiming he sought out the services of a notorious hacker who, unbeknownst to the WikiLeaks boss, was secretly working with the Feds.

The Department of Justice this week added yet more material to its indictment against Assange, which accuses him of 18 counts of espionage and hacking. The latest filing does not add any charges, though it includes evidence of Assange asking hackers to steal sensitive and scandalous dirt from government systems for WikiLeaks to disseminate. This could blow a hole in Jules' I'm-a-journalist-not-a-spy defense.

In the filing [PDF], it is said Assange worked directly with Anonymous and LulzSec miscreants in a quest to obtain US government documents and publish them on WikiLeaks.

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{{cite news | first = Shaun | last = Nichols | title = US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant | url = https://www.theregister.com/2020/06/25/assange_wikileaks_sabu/ | work = The Register | date = June 25, 2020 | accessdate = July 12, 2020 }}