In a recently unsealed court filing, a USA federal prosecutor in Virginia inadvertently disclosed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged with an undisclosed crime, The Washington Post reported Thursday night.
The court filing was from a prosecutor in the eastern Virginia state district court, Assistant US Attorney Kellen Dwyer. "That was not the intended name for this filing", the spokesman, Joshua Stueve, said in an email.
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.
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has been charged under seal in the USA, prosecutors have accidentally revealed.
Carlos Poveda, the lawyer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, told Sputnik that Ecuador might extradite his client, suggesting Quito might have reached an agreement for this with London and Washington. It was submitted to the federal court in the eastern district of Virginia, which handles many cases involving national security. U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that the emails were taken by Russian government hackers as part of an operation aimed at helping the campaign of Donald Trump. 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 US authorities have said were hacked by Russian Federation. Seitu Sulayman Kokayi, 29, was charged with enticing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him and send him pornographic images of herself.
"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 accident was first reported on Twitter by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, and confirmed by The Washington Post.
Even if he is charged, Assange's coming to the United States to face trial is no sure thing.
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.
Legal analysts said the error was likely to have been caused by prosecutors copying and pasting from sealed documents outlining charges against Assange.