Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Wikileaks founder Assange charged in secret: court filing

US Prosecutors Reportedly Optimistic About Bringing Julian Assange to Court Assange’s Lawyer: Ecuador May Be Planning Extradition Under Deal With UK, US
Kenny Thornton | 16 November, 2018, 12:42

Since June 2012, Assange has been residing at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he breached bail in relation to sexual assault allegations he faced in Sweden.

Over the past year, prosecutors in the United States have been discussing the possibility of charging the WikiLeaks co-founder with a number of crimes, which, they hope, could see Assange expelled from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Washington-based sources familiar with the matter have told the WSJ.

Julian Assange, a major target of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election, has been criminally charged in secret, an apparent mistake in a court filing has indicated.

WikiLeaks is under investigation by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, for publishing thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Chelsea Manning. In a Twitter post early Friday, WikiLeaks said the "US case against WikiLeaks started in 2010" and expanded to include other disclosures, including by contractor Edward Snowden.

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has been charged under seal in the U.S., prosecutors have accidentally revealed. Officials have alleged the emails were hacked by Russian spies and transferred to WikiLeaks.

The court filing, written by assistant U.S. attorney Kellen Dwyer, did not specify the nature of any charges against Assange.

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Barry J. Pollack, one of Assange's attorneys, said, "The only thing more irresponsible than charging a person for publishing truthful information would be to put in a public filing information that clearly was not intended for the public and without any notice to Mr. Assange", the Post said.

"That was not the intended name for this filing", he said.

"The news that criminal charges have apparently been filed against Mr. Assange is even more troubling than the haphazard manner in which that information has been revealed", Pollack said in an email.

On Thursday, it was revealed in The Wall Street Journal that the Justice Department is feeling "increasingly optimistic" about the possibility, Washington insiders believe.

The filing carried markings indicating it was originally filed in a US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia in August. Seitu Sulayman Kokayi was charged enticing a teenage girl to have sex with him. The sex offence charges against Assange have eventually been dropped but the whistleblower has not left the diplomatic mission, where he was granted asylum, over fears that he might be seized by the UK authorities and extradited to the United States where he is wanted for leaking classified documents.

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