(G.N.S) Dt. 12 Washington/London A formal extradition request of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by US government has been sent to UK government. Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and of conspiring with former Army private Chelsea Manning to crack a defense department computer password. That indictment, which includes Espionage Act charges, was issued by the justice department last month and is pending
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