Julian Assange "acquired" a new indictment from the United States that contains 18 charges and replaces all previous ones that were valid during the his arrest in April, when the founder of WikiLeaks was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The United States claims that Assange conspired, aided and abetted, with Chelsea Manning for stealing US classified documents.
It also claims that Assange published on WikiLeaks the names of sources in Iraq and Afghanistan who provided information to US adversaries.
"These human resources included Afghans and Iraqis, journalists, religious leaders, human rights activists and political opponents of oppressive regimes," said one source. announcement of the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
"According to the indictment, Assange's actions had the effect of seriously damaging the national security of the United States to the benefit of our adversaries and putting human resources at serious and immediate risk of serious bodily harm and / or arbitrary detention."
"Assange is accused of complicity in the illegal acquisition or acquisition of vast databases of classified information and of colluding with and attempting to obtain classified information through piracy," said U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger.
"The United States does not accuse Assange of passively receiving or receiving classified information."
"The United States, on the other hand, accuses Assange of publishing only classified documents, in which he allegedly published the names of innocent people who risked their safety and freedom to provide information to the United States and its allies."
The indictment cites classified information released by Manning as allegedly containing 90.000 reports of war in Afghanistan, 400.000 reports of war in Iraq, 800 reports of detainees in Guantanamo Bay and 250.000 from the US State Department.
Assange faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of the 18 charges if convicted, in addition to conspiracy charges for hacking into a computer, which carries a maximum sentence of five years.
The American Civil Liberties Union said the accusations against Assange were a "direct attack on the First Amendment."
"These allegations are an extraordinary escalation of the Trump administration's attacks on journalism, setting a dangerous precedent that could be used to target all news organizations."
"The allegations against Assange are just as dangerous for US journalists who reveal secrets of other nations. "If the United States can accuse and prosecute a foreign publisher for violating privacy laws, nothing can stop China or Russia from doing the same."
Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in the United Kingdom for breach of bail.
Last week, Manning was jailed again for refusing to testify before a commission investigating WikiLeaks, but was soon released.