WIKILEAKS

Feds Build Case Against Assange

U.S. prosecutors are trying to build a case against the WikiLeaks founder for his role in releasing thousands of classified government documents, the New York Times reports. Justice Department officials are attempting to prove that Assange conspired with Army Private Bradley Manning, who has been charged with leaking the documents. While Assange has maintained that he connected with Manning through a hacker, Manning has reportedly claimed he was in contact with Assange and was given a special server by Assange to upload these documents to WikiLeaks. Although laws such as the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 have been used to go after leakers and hackers such as Manning, they’ve never successfully been used against recipients of the leaked information.