Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday 11 April 2019. 
Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday 11 April 2019. (Photo: AP/ Victoria Jones)
  • 1. The Charges in the US
  • 2. Press Freedom Implications
  • 3. What Happens Next
  • 4. Connection to Mueller's Russia Investigation
What’s Next for Julian Assange? Key Takeaways Post His Arrest

Julian Assange’s arrest on Thursday, 11 April, in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London opens the next chapter in the saga of the WikiLeaks founder: an expected extradition fight over a pending criminal prosecution in the United States.

It’s also likely to trigger a debate over press freedom and call attention to unresolved questions about Assange’s role in the release of stolen Democratic emails leading up to the 2016 presidential election. These were a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently concluded investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Some takeaways from Assange’s arrest:

  • 1. The Charges in the US

    Assange, for now at least, faces a single count of computer intrusion conspiracy.

    He’s accused of conspiring in 2010 with Chelsea Manning, then a US Army intelligence analyst who leaked troves of classified material to WikiLeaks, to crack a password that would give her higher-level access to classified computer networks.

    Prosecutors say Assange and Manning tried to conceal Manning's role as a source by deleting chat logs and removing usernames from sensitive records that were shared.

    They used a special folder to transmit classified and national defense information, the indictment says. Assange ultimately requested more information related to the password, telling Manning that while he had tried to crack it, he "had no luck so far."

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