WikiLeaks Co Founder Julian Assange will face a full extradition hearing next year. The case was opened at the Westminster Magistrates’ court in London on Friday. Assange is not taking the charges well, and replied “175 years of my life is effectively at stake.”
He tried defending WikiLeaks, he said that WikiLeaks was nothing but a publisher, that it wasn’t into any hacking business. But when Ben Brandon opened the case, supporting the US, He said that Wikileaks was involved in “One of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of United States.”
The reports reveal that Assange encouraged Chelsea Manning, the Ex Us army intelligence analyst into illegally obtaining documents. Assange has been accused of not just encouraging a federal agent into illegal collection of data but he also agreed with her and cracked the password to Pentagon computer and hacked into it.
The Lawyer Ben Brendon continued his accusations “By taking steps to crack the password hash, it’s said that Assange was also attempting to illegally obtain and receive classified information. The lawyers also hinted that the information was sensitive and related to Iraq and Afghanistan and their wars. The co founder of WikiLeaks published the sensitive material on Internet and created an imminent risk.
Brendon said that by doing so, Assange hurt the journalists because the genuine ones will also be arbitrarily under detention. Assange was dragged out of Ecuadorian Embassy in London in April and was jailed.
Assange is in a lot of legal trouble. It is not just the allegations of hacking and sharing sensitive information on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but a case has reopened against him in Sweden, and it is a rape allegation.
Assange plans to appeal against his sentence. His lawyer Jennifer Robinson warned the US Indictment that this will “place a chilling impact” on journalism and publishers “all over the world”.