[Ed. – From the sublime to the ridiculous, the media are out there implying that Assange is being charged with “publishing” the material stolen by Chelsea Manning. He’s not. He’s being charged with conspiracy, aiding and abetting, and a couple of other things related to the felony crime of stealing the material, plus he’s being charged with including the unredacted names of human sources who provided assistance to the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan in his publication of the material. He isn’t being charged simply with “publishing” it. That may not matter to you, but it’s a reality that directly falsifies what many in the mainstream media are saying. No legitimate function of journalism is being endangered here.]
A federal grand jury returned an 18-count superseding indictment today charging Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, with offenses that relate to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States. …
The superseding indictment alleges that Assange was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense. Specifically, the superseding indictment alleges that Assange conspired with Manning; obtained from Manning and aided and abetted her in obtaining classified information with reason to believe that the information was to be used to the injury of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation; received and attempted to receive classified information having reason to believe that such materials would be obtained, taken, made, and disposed of by a person contrary to law; and aided and abetted Manning in communicating classified documents to Assange.
After agreeing to receive classified documents from Manning and aiding, abetting, and causing Manning to provide classified documents, the superseding indictment charges that Assange then published on WikiLeaks classified documents that contained the unredacted names of human sources who provided information to United States forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to U.S. State Department diplomats around the world.