US to build conspiracy case against WikiLeaks
US: Federal prosecutors are looking for any evidence WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange conspired with a former U.S. Army intelligence
analyst suspected of leaking classified government documents, The New
York Times reported on Wednesday.
US Justice Department officials were trying to determine whether
Assange encouraged or helped Private Bradley Manning extract classified
military and State Department files from a government computer system,
the newspaper said.
If he did, officials believe Assange could be charged as a
conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient of the
documents who then published them, the newspaper said, citing people
familiar with the case.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the report. The
Justice Department has been looking into a range of criminal charges,
including violations of the 1917 Espionage Act, that could used to
prosecute the WikiLeaks case.
Prosecutors were studying an online chat log in which Manning is said
to claim he had been directly communicating with Assange while
downloading government files, The New York Times reported.
Manning bragged about his exploits to former hacker Adrian Lamo, who
then turned him into the authorities, Lamo told Reuters. Washington,