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posted by martyb on Friday November 16 2018, @06:37PM   Printer-friendly
from the Big-Ooooops dept.

Inadvertent Court Filing Suggests that the U.S. DoJ is Preparing to Indict Julian Assange

Prosecutors Have Prepared Indictment of Julian Assange, a Filing Reveals

The Justice Department has prepared an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, marking a drastic escalation of the government's yearslong battle with him and his anti-secrecy group. It was not clear if prosecutors have filed charges against Mr. Assange. The indictment came to light late Thursday through an unrelated court filing in which prosecutors inadvertently mentioned charges against him. "The court filing was made in error," said Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for the United States attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia. "That was not the intended name for this filing."

[...] Seamus Hughes, a terrorism expert at George Washington University who closely tracks court cases, uncovered the filing and posted it on Twitter.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to say on Thursday what led to the inadvertent disclosure. It was made in a recently unsealed filing in an apparently unrelated sex-crimes case charging a man named Seitu Sulayman Kokayi with coercing and enticing an underage person to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Mr. Kokayi was charged in early August, and on Aug. 22, prosecutors filed a three-page document laying out boilerplate arguments for why his case at that time needed to remain sealed.

While the filing started out referencing Mr. Kokayi, federal prosecutors abruptly switched on its second page to discussing the fact that someone named "Assange" had been secretly indicted, and went on to make clear that this person was the subject of significant publicity, lived abroad and would need to be extradited — suggesting that prosecutors had inadvertently pasted text from a similar court filing into the wrong document and then filed it.

"Another procedure 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," prosecutors wrote. They added, "The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, 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."

#Vindicated.

Also at The Guardian, The Washington Post, MarketWatch, and The New Republic.

Previously: Prominent Whistleblowers and Journalists Defend Julian Assange at Online Vigil
Ecuador Reportedly Almost Ready to Hand Julian Assange Over to UK Authorities
DNC Serves WikiLeaks Lawsuit Over Twitter; US Senate Invites Assange to Testify for Russia Probe
The Guardian: Russian Diplomats Planned to Sneak Julian Assange Out of the UK
Julian Assange Sues Ecuador for "Violating His Fundamental Rights"
UK Said Assange Would Not be Extradited If He Leaves Embassy Refuge


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by edIII on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:52AM (12 children)

    by edIII (791) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:52AM (#762927)

    I'll take a look at the Snopes article. To say she didn't do anything official may be pushing it. Bringing up the drone strike in a single meeting is still just as bad as bringing it up in five meetings, and if discussed at the meeting in question, was sure as fuck official. It is still just as chilling to free speech and the press, as any dictators killing journalists in their countries. Like Putin and his relationship with his detractors.

    The way I heard it reported, was that the sources were from inside the state department that had access to the minutes of the meeting. I believe Clinton had it out for Assange as much as Assange had it out for Clinton. That, and she's an unelectable fucking cunt of a globalist that conspired against Bernie Sanders and denied us all democracy. That is actually factual. So forgive me if I absolutely believe she asked if they could do a drone strike on Assange.

    My dislike of her isn't political really. She betrayed us all early in her husband's first term by abandoning her virtue signalling over health care, and the dumb fucking cunt practically wrote Walmart's anti-union strategies. She was never part of us, and always an elite comfortable with fucking over the middle class. Her, and her piece of shit husband Bill, ARE responsible for the repeal of Glass-Steagall, may they burn in fucking hell for what came next.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Saturday November 17 2018, @03:49AM (11 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 17 2018, @03:49AM (#762951) Homepage Journal

    Yes, look at Snopes - but bear in mind that they are a liberal tool. That chick who was hired to investigate political stuff is 1000% progressive. She's never met a conservative she likes, and she's never met a progressive she didn't like. She might not lie to you, but she won't tell the truth, either.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @04:30AM (10 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @04:30AM (#762957)

      Yes, look at Snopes - but bear in mind that they are a liberal tool.

      you are a liberal tool.
      its textbook fascism that when you can't argue the facts, work the refs instead.
      find a new trick npc

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Saturday November 17 2018, @06:58AM (4 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 17 2018, @06:58AM (#762983) Homepage Journal

        Get your facts straight. Facts are facts, and you don't get to twist them to your liking.

        https://dailycaller.com/2016/06/17/fact-checking-snopes-websites-political-fact-checker-is-just-a-failed-liberal-blogger/ [dailycaller.com]

        Recently, however, the site has tried to pose as a political fact-checker. But Snopes’ “fact-checking” looks more like playing defense for prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton and it’s political “fact-checker” describes herself as a liberal and has called Republicans “regressive” and afraid of “female agency.”

        Snopes’ main political fact-checker is a writer named Kim Lacapria. Before writing for Snopes, Lacapria wrote for Inquisitr, a blog that — oddly enough — is known for publishing fake quotes and even downright hoaxes as much as anything else.

        Snopes is pretty reliable, so long as you're not looking for political opinions. Their politics is liberal/left and maybe even progressive. I'll visit Snopes for anything else, but politics is politics.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @09:29AM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @09:29AM (#763014)

          Using the Daily Caller as a "news" source that claims others are left/liberal/progressive? Seriously? They think hardline conservatives are too soft.

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday November 17 2018, @10:51AM (2 children)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 17 2018, @10:51AM (#763028) Homepage Journal

            So, find your own source. There are plenty. Fact is, Snopes is biased. They should have stayed out of politics, or if they were going to get into politics, they should have hired an unbiased blogger. Or, at the least, a blogger whose biases didn't favor either the D's or the R's.

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            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:01PM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:01PM (#763087)

              So, find your own source.

              lolwut?
              Did you just tell him to go find a reliable source that proves YOU right because you are too damn stupid to do it yourself?
              If you fascists werent so dangerous you'd be a slapstick comedy show.

              • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:52PM

                by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:52PM (#763105) Homepage Journal

                No, dumbass, I told him that if he doesn't like my source, he can find his own. Community college, literacy 101 - try it.

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      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday November 17 2018, @07:01AM (4 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 17 2018, @07:01AM (#762984) Homepage Journal
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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @01:58PM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @01:58PM (#763084)

          Dude, you are citing tucker carlson's nazi website. No wonder you think snopes is biased - if you want to understand why RWNJs think the mainstream press are liars, its because they know their own RWNJ press is a grift bazar so they think everybody else is too.

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:54PM (2 children)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 17 2018, @02:54PM (#763107) Homepage Journal

            Yeah - Nazi. Got it. Do you have an approved list of non-Nazi sites?

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            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @06:42PM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17 2018, @06:42PM (#763171)

              Anything not in your browser history?

              • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday November 18 2018, @12:41AM

                by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 18 2018, @12:41AM (#763269) Homepage Journal

                Hillary's server, but it seems I'm late getting there. That leaves the Vatican.

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