WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been indicted in a supplementary indictment for recruiting and conspiring computer hackers, including those linked to the hacking group LulzSec and Anonymous, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday. Last year, the U.S. Justice Department released 18 criminal charges against Assange under the Espionage Act, and the new indictment does not add new charges. But according to the U.S. Department of Justice, it did “expand the scope of collusion in computer hacking that was previously alleged to be related to Assange.”
Assange is currently in a British prison awaiting a possible extradition to the United States pending a hearing in September. It is reported that he is in poor health.
“In 2010, Assange gained unauthorized access to the computer systems of NATO governments. In 2012, Assange communicated directly with a head of the hacking group LulzSec, who was working with the FBI at the time, and provided a list of LulzSec’s hacking targets: for a target, Assange asked the head of LulzSec to find (and provide WikiLeaks with) emails and documents, databases and pdf files.
In another communication, Assange told the head of LulzSec that the most influential hacking material would be released from the CIA, the NSA or the New York Times. WikiLeaks obtained and released emails from an ‘anonymous’ and LulzSec-affiliated hackers about a data breach carried out by a U.S. intelligence consulting firm. According to the hacker, Assange indirectly asked him to send spam to the victim again. “
– Ministry of Justice press release