Several references to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an unrelated court filing reveals the United States governments efforts to bring criminal charges against him, CNN reports.
Last week in an unsealed court filing, prosecutors for the Eastern District of Virginia included a pair of references to charges against Assange while arguing to keep an unrelated case sealed for a different person charged with coercion and enticement of a minor.
“Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged,” prosecutors wrote in the August 22 filing.
Later, in the request to seal the filing, the prosecutors wrote: “The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.”
On Thursday evening the Washington Post reported that Assange has been charged, citing the inadvertent court disclosure as well as sources familiar with the case.
(Crusader Journal Staff)