According to the latest indictment, the number of charges against Assange increased to 18. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison after new charges. "If Assange is found guilty, each charge will face up to 10 years'imprisonment, compared with five years' imprisonment for previous allegations of conspiracy to hack computers," the U.S. Justice Department document said.
Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. In 2010, the website published a large number of secret documents of the U.S. government on the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, which hit the diplomatic image of the United States unprecedented, causing sensation and controversy.
In 2010, Assange was charged with sexual harassment and rape in Sweden. Afraid of being extradited to Sweden, Assange has taken refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since June 2012. In May 2017, Swedish prosecutors announced the withdrawal of the investigation into allegations of rape because they believed that Assange could not be extradited "in the foreseeable future".
On April 11 this year, after Ecuador announced the withdrawal of asylum granted to Assange, British police announced that Assange had been arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom. The London Court sentenced him to 11 months'imprisonment for breaching bail conditions. On the same day, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a statement accusing Assange of cracking the password of a U.S. government secret computer and facing up to five years'imprisonment. The US side has requested the British side to extradite Assange on this charge.
On June 11, Assange's father visited his son, who was serving his sentence at Belmash Prison in London, UK for the first time. In an interview, he said the visit time was very limited. He said Assange had lost 20 kilograms, but he looked in good spirits.