Assange faces charges of five years in prison
Shortly after British police arrested the founder of the WikiLeaks leak site Julian Assange of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the United States charged him with conspiracy to commit computer hacking.
The charge was chosen because of Assange’s cooperation with Chelsea Manning and assistance in decrypting passwords that helped the biggest leak scandal in the history of the United States.
Thanks to Assange’s help, Manning has been able to access the Pentagon’s systems and databases and to steal and publish high-profile documents and correspondence via WikiLeaks.
These breakthroughs took place in March 2010, and Manning underwent trial in 2013. The charge against Assange is punishable by a maximum of five years ‘ imprisonment, but is often sentenced to a lesser extent.
But the US Justice Department warned that there might be other charges against Assange in the coming period, and this charge is the basis on which the United States is based in a request to deport Assange from England.
Of course Assange cannot be deported to the United States before resolving pending cases in England where he faces less serious charges and appears to be a matter of time – up to several months – until he is deported to the United States and is subject to trial.