He lives a secluded life in London since 2012 but is still referred to by the american courts. Julian Assange, the founder of the site of publication of secret documents to WikiLeaks, has been charged in the United States. This information was supposed to remain secret, but prosecutors have revealed inadvertently, in the context of another case, according to an announcement from WikiLeaks, on Thursday evening. The nature of the charges has not been specified.

“The u.s. department of Justice reveals “accidentally” the existence of counts secrets (or projects of such charges) against the director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, in what seems to be an error of copy-paste in another case, also heard in the eastern district of Virginia,” tweeted WikiLeaks.

The american media had previously been notified in the evening of this disclosure by a tweet from Seamus Hughes, an expert of a specialized research program in extremism at the George Washington university, and following closely the judicial proceedings.

The existence of these charges against Assange is revealed in a document prepared by the attorney Kellen Dwyer, in which the last application to a magistrate for maintaining the confidentiality. “Because of the complexity (of the case related to the personality of the accused and the media coverage surrounding the folder, no other procedure will keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged,” wrote the prosecutor, quoted by the Washington Post . The charges, however, should “remain confidential until that Assange is to be arrested,” adds Dwyer.

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This charge may have an impact on the investigations of the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller. It seeks to establish whether there has been collusion between Moscow and the team of Donald Trump in the presidential election of 2016.

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In July, Robert Mueller was charged twelve Russian agents to have hacked into the computers of the democratic party, stole internal documents and have them published to influence the election. The indictment was referring to WikiLeaks, under the term of”Organization 1″, which is described as a platform used by the Russians to disseminate documents pirated. WikiLeaks had then stated, in August, a commission of the american Senate had invited Julian Assange to “make himself available” to be interviewed in the course of its investigation on possible interference of Russian.

Julian Assange is still cloistered in the embassy of Ecuador

Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and the platform was released in 2010, many confidential documents american. It was not the subject of a prosecution official in the United States until then. The Australian 47-year-old, however, is under investigation in the United States since the disclosure of thousands of military documents and confidential diplomatic embarrassing for Washington. He is a refugee in the embassy of Ecuador in London in June 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for charges of rape and sexual assault, the prosecution of which have since been discontinued.

Julian Assange remains cloistered in the embassy, fearing to be arrested and extradited and tried in the United States. The uk court refuses to lift the arrest warrant issued against him on the grounds that it has not met in 2012, the conditions of his bail. Julian Assange has obtained the nationality of ecuador in December 2017.