Charges against Julian Assange revealed in apparent copy-and-paste error


The justice department appears to have prepared an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to secret charges that were accidentally revealed in an unrelated court filing, reports The Washington Post. The disclosure was made by Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, who is also assigned to the WikiLeaks case, according to The Post.

It is unclear how exactly the Assange reference ended up in the unrelated filing, but The New York Times speculates that prosecutors had pasted text from a similar court filing into the wrong document. Legal analysts cited by The Guardian agreed, and said that it’s not uncommon for prosecutors to copy text from past documents before changing names and other details for a new filing….

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