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Rather, it simply accuses Assange of trying to help Manning log into the Defense Department's computers using a different user name so that she could maintain her anonymity while downloading documents in the public interest and then furnish them to WikiLeaks to publish.

It followed claims that while on a visit to Stockholm to give a lecture, Assange had raped one woman and sexually molested and coerced another.

Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on the allegations.

Assange faces a maximum of five years in prison if he's convicted of the charge.

When Julian Assange learned of his imminent arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Thursday, he wasn't even allowed to go back to his room, because authorities feared he would hit a reported "panic button" with potentially disastrous effects, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said. Instead, he fled to the Ecuadoran Embassy.

Those charges were dropped in May 2017, but Swedish prosecutors say they are now re-examining the case after a request by one of the alleged victim's lawyers. Assange successfully slowed the process until June 2012, when he simply skipped bail and fled to the Ecuadorian embassy.

Time ran out to pursue the Swedish charges of molestation and unlawful coercion in 2015.

The case was set aside, Ny said, because there was no practical way it could be continued while Assange remained in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Meanwhile in the United States, defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that Assange should "answer for what he had done".

The United States will nearly certainly ask for him to be extradited to the States but Assange has said that he will fight an extradition order.

She said it set a "dangerous precedent" where any journalist could face U.S. charges for "publishing truthful information about the United States".

But, Barry Pollack, a lawyer for Assange, said that Assange did nothing more than encourage a "source to provide him information and taking efforts to protect the identity of that source".

What will happen to him now?

"The most likely outcome is that he will be extracted to the United States", he said.

The actual left in the UK, US, Latin America & Europe has largely denounced US Govt's indictment & attempted extradition of Assange.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee whistleblower who stole and later released highly classified material concerning the National Security Agency in 2013, and is now living in exile in Russian Federation to escape USA authorities, released a series of Tweets sympathetic to Assange.

Diane Abbott, Labour's spokeswoman for domestic affairs, said the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds.


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