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US reportedly mulls charges against WikiLeaks, Julian Assange - CNET

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges related to espionage. Carl Court/Getty Images

The US Justice Department is considering filing criminal charges against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, in connection with the 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The Justice Department is also looking at whether the group was responsible for releasing thousands of documents showing secret CIA hacking tools last month. Those documents could potentially reveal the agency's most important hacking techniques used to penetrate systems around the world.

Charges could include conspiracy, theft of government property, or violating the Espionage Act, according to the Post.

The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Over the past 11 years, the group claims to have released more than 10 million secret government documents through its website. The leaks range from a video showing...(continued)

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