By Penny Hoffmann
As Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is safe in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy for six years now, it has been revealed that the United States Justice Department accidentally disclosed an indictment against him in a copy-paste mistake on Thursday 15th of November.
Greg Barns, adviser to Julian and Wikileaks, stated in a tweet “I have said for seven years
@wikileaks Assange was being charged. The US has lied and lied denying it.”
Assistant US Attorney Kellen Dwyer stated that Assange’s indictment should have been concealed “until Assange is arrested”.
“”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.”
Eastern District of Virginia spokesman for the United States attorney’s office Joshua Stueve said to the New York Times that “the court filing was made in error”.
Because Assange is currently located in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, he would need to be extradited to the U.S in order to be arrested.
Tension exists between founder and former editor of Wikileaks Mr. Assange and the Justice Department due to Wikileaks disclosures of secret U.S military and diplomatic documents.