WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain [File: Peter Nicholls/Reuters]

Washington, DC – US prosecutors have charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with conspiracy for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government computer with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010. 

According to court documents, unsealed on Thursday, the charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the “largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States”, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement.  

Assange, 47, was arrested by British police on Thursday, paving the way for possible extradition to the United States. He had been living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since

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