WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange conspired with members of hacking groups, including LulzSec and “Anonymous”, to obtain government secrets, the United States Justice Department has said.
Beyond recruiting hackers at the conference, the charging document accuses Assange of gaining unauthorized access to a government computer system of a NATO country in 2010. Two years later, he conspired with the leader of LulzSec and asked to be provided with documents and databases, the Justice Department said.
“In another communication, Assange told the LulzSec leader that the most impactful release of hacked materials would be from the CIA, NSA, or the New York Times,” it said
The LulzSec leader was cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time, according to the statement.
Assange also published on WikiLeaks emails from a data breach of a US intelligence community consulting company by a hacker affiliated with LulzSec and “Anonymous”, it added.
Assange was arrested last year after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.