In ‘accidentally’ released court document, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange charged in US

US Prosecutors Reportedly Optimistic About Bringing Julian Assange to Court

It was previously reported a Justice Department case into WikiLeaks dated back to at least 2010 for leaks from the government, including diplomatic cables and secret military files.

The DOJ is increasingly optimistic about the prospect of bringing Julian Assange before a U.S. court and is reportedly planning to formally charge the whistleblower in the hope of getting him out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Prosecutors are known to copy text from past court filings to make similar arguments in new cases, typically changing names and other relevant details accordingly. Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating whether Trump campaign associates had advance knowledge of Democratic emails that were published by WikiLeaks in the weeks before the 2016 election and that USA authorities have said were hacked by Russian Federation.

The documents "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", Mr Dwyer goes on to say.

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The revelation suggests that United States authorities are optimistic about getting the Wikileaks founder, now holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, into an American court.

"[Anything] 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", the document read.

The document, which prosecutors insist was filed by mistake, asks a judge to seal documents in a criminal case unrelated to Assange, and carries markings indicating it was originally filed in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia in August.

The 47-year-old fears that, once British authorities detain him, he will immediately be extradited to the U.S. where he is likely to face serious charges over his role at WikiLeaks.

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"That was not the intended name for this filing", he told The Washington Post.

It remains unclear what charges the U.S.is bringing against the WikiLeaks publisher.

"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.

The Swedish case has since been dropped, but Britain still wants him to face justice over breaching his bail conditions following his arrest on the sexual assault allegations.

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