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INDICTMENT LEAKED: U.S. Department of Justice Court Documents Show Existence of Sealed Charges Against Julian Assange

The Washington Post is reporting this morning that secret charges against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange have been filed. The long running grand jury started in 2010 according to documents.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal by the US Justice Department with unspecified crimes, prosecutors apparently inadvertently revealed in a recent court filing in an unrelated case.

The disclosure (see below), made in August by Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urges the Eastern District Court of Virginia to keep the matter sealed, writing that “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.”

Dwyer went on to write that the charges 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.”

Wikileaks first broke the documents about 12 hours ago, and you can see in the cut and paste effort from the Department of Justice, some things were missed in this case in Eastern Virginia.

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