Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Julian Assange: Court blunder shows ‘US preparing to issue CHARGES’

Julian Assange: Court blunder shows ‘US preparing to issue CHARGES’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was behind a massive dump of classified USA documents, has been charged in secret by U.S. authorities, according to a report by the Washington Post. Although Wikileaks isn't convinced and believes there are secret charges against Julian, prepared by the US.

The filing is unrelated to Assange; documents in a case pertaining to sex crimes charges against someone named Seitu Sulayman Kokayi were recently unsealed and appeared to accidentally mention Assange. Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would "need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested".

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

WikiLeaks said on Twitter that the filing "reveals existence of sealed charges (or a draft for them) against WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange".

The exact charges prosecutors would bring are unclear, but they are likely to include some related to the Espionage Act. Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch tweeted, "Deeply troubling if the Trump administration, which has shown little regard for media freedom, would charge Assange for receiving from a government official and publishing classified information-exactly what journalists do all the time".

Assange has been seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 when British courts ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual assault case.

Any charges against Assange, who has been taking cover for years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, could help illuminate whether Russian Federation co-ordinated with the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been charged by U.S authorities, according to reports.

The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange.

But whatever happens, it is notable that, quite by accident, the Justice Department made Assange a victim of his own tactics.

The ongoing investigation into ties between Russia and the 2016 presidential campaign has suggested that WikiLeaks was used by Russian intelligence to distribute hacked material. Throughout that time, the U.S. has refused to say whether there are any sealed charges against Assange.

Even if he is charged, Assange's coming to the United States to face trial is no sure thing. "The government bringing criminal charges against someone for publishing truthful information is a risky path for a democracy to take", he said.

Long a thorn in the side of the USA government, Assange has spent years hunkered down in the Ecuadorian embassy in London fearing extradition.

"The prosecutor on the order is not from Mr. Mueller's team and WikiLeaks has never been contacted by anyone from his office", WikiLeaks said.

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