Legal experts agreed that the indictment against Assange will not be the last word on his alleged crimes – and prosecutors have suggested this in several other related criminal cases in recent weeks. The Department of Justice is already awaiting further charges against Assange, CNN reported.
Near the indictment, prosecutors write about how Assange himself attempted to crack passwords, "invading" his conspiracy by invading Chelsea and Manning into government computers to access confidential documents. "On or about March 8, 2010," said the prosecutor, "Manning Assange has provided a part of a password on the computers of the Ministry of Defense." Msgstr "Assange asked Manning for more information about the password." Assange then said he had "so far no luck" with the attempted hack.
Assange, however, faces only one charge under the ongoing charges related to his support for Manning's own password cracking assassination in March 201
The omission of further details is conspicuous, said the former prosecutor for computer crime, Peter Toren.
"The government limits an indictment, especially in this case, not to a single indictment, which is a better practice for the government to bring an indictment to court, Toren said." If you've lost count, you have lost the case. They will not put all your marbles in one basket. "
At the moment, the single count against Assange may be a clean, concise way for prosecutors to extradite him to the US He is currently in jail in London and awaiting extradition. which may take months or even years, the lawyers at Assange have so far raised the charge in the US as an attack on the press because his communication with Manning has encouraged them to provide information and hide their identity as a source. Legal scholar Orin Kerr tweeted last week that the indictment against Assange is "a placeholder." That would mean "a short indictment is enough to start the case, but most likely only a small part of every trial of Assange "Kerr explained.
Three ongoing criminal cases suggest that the Ministry of Justice continues to target Assange. Two of them are the efforts of the grand jury to receive testimonies from witnesses – Manning, who in his case is the Central Intelligence Agent of the Army, and, separated, former Roger Stone employee Andrew Miller – who has information about Assange and Wikileaks.
The Grand Jury's Department of Justice's rules state that they can not continue to investigate once an indictment has been filed, unless they pursue additional charges. So far, prosecutors have been unsure why they want to testify to Assange and Miller, even though the two have in common that they have information about Assange and Wikileaks.
Assange's indictment was filed more than a year ago but was a large jury It is known that Wikileaks continues to be investigated in the eastern district of Virginia.
Manning was summoned last month to testify before a grand jury in the same district in Virginia, a full year after Assange's sealed indictment in March 2018.
Manning claims that the prosecutor's office summoned her for the wrong reasons, to build a personal injury trap. However, the prosecutors say that if they question them before the grand jury, it will be "clear" that their statement "is of great importance for a current criminal investigation." The prosecutors will not divulge the reason for the summons, even though they told Manning's lawyers that, according to court records, they are not the target of the investigation.
Manning is being held in prison for refusing to testify before the grand jury.
The Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has summoned Miller in May 2018 for documents and testimony before the grand jury e-mails stolen by Democratic parties in 2016 – two goals of Mueller well achieved. But they also looked for documents related to Assange and WikiLeaks, Miller's lawyer recently said in a lawsuit. The grand jury, with whom Mueller has summoned witnesses, still seems to be sitting, she did not convene until April 5, although the prosecutor's office or the court have not confirmed this since Mueller closed its investigation last month.
Stone was charged with witnessing manipulations, disabilities and lies to Congress in January, but the prosecution wrote to a federal judge in Washington on Friday that the offices of the Ministry of Justice outside of Mueller are still being investigated in a kind of investigation that " far more than Stone and the specific crimes with which he has been committed so far. "
Miller continues to appeal for his summons, although he has already lost his case in court twice.
On Monday, a federal judge in New York City found that a criminal investigation was under way for another alleged WikiLeaks loser.
The trial of former CIA software engineer Joshua Schulte had originally started as child pornography case in August 2017 – a style routinely prosecuted by the federal authorities.
But in June 2018, the prosecutor added the indictment to Schulte, claiming that he had illegally collected secrets from the CIA on his computers to harm the US. He allegedly sent the information to WikiLeaks – referred to in the court file as "Organization-1", which had published the documents. It is known as the "Vault 7" leak.
Schulte has not pleaded guilty to the charges he is being charged with, and his trial is scheduled for November.
Schulte has tried in recent weeks to tell the federal court, "the time has expired" and the "investigation is over," a federal judge stated on Monday. However, the prosecutor assured the court that the investigation will continue this month.
For this reason, they want to keep the search warrants confidential.
"The dissemination of the search warrant material to third parties could still be between third parties today other things jeopardize the security of others and national security and hamper ongoing investigations," write the prosecutors on April 2, citing a still existing court order, the documents in the case locks.
Manhattan judge Paul Crotty agreed with Schulte's prosecutors and voiced their claim of ongoing investigation.
Evan Perez of CNN contributed to this report.