MPCore.us – WikiLeaks said its founder, Julian Assange, had been charged in the United States.
WikiLeaks loads on its Twitter account that the news about the indictment was “accidentally” revealed in a “cut-and-paste error” in an unrelated case in Virginia.
The unsealed indictment of Assange was revealed by Assistant Attorney Kellen Dwyer as he archived an unrelated case and urged a judge to keep the file sealed.
Dwyer then wrote the charges “it is necessary to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.”
Assange is responsible for the release of hundreds of thousands of classified documents and posting them on WikiLeaks which has angered governments in various parts of the world.
Ben Wizner, director of the Examination, Privacy and Technology Project at the NGO defenders of the ACLU’s civil rights, stated that every prosecution of Assange for publishing activities on WikiLeaks was an unprecedented and unconstitutional case, and would open the door to criminal investigations other news organizations.
He added, more than that, prosecuting foreign publishers for violating American privacy laws would be a precedent that is particularly dangerous for American journalists, who often violate foreign secrecy laws to convey vital information to the public interest.
Last year, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Assange’s arrest was a priority.
Assange currently lives at the Ecuador embassy in London. He managed to ask for asylum there to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he would face interrogation over allegations of sex crimes he had denied.
Investigations by Sweden were closed about a year ago, but Assange, who was released on bail when entering the Ecuadorian embassy, was threatened with arrest by British authorities for violating the release provisions when he left the embassy.