A federal judge announced that no decision has been made in the case of whether the criminal complaint against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be unsealed, after it was revealed that he is facing unspecified charges here in the United States.
It is still not clear what charges Assange is facing right now, and a federal judge who heard arguments in the case today did not make a decision as to whether the complaint against him should be unsealed.
The judge did, however, appear to side with the prosecutors who argued that the details about the complaint should not be released UNTIL Assange is arrested. Free-press advocates are calling for the criminal complaint against Assange to be unsealed after it was accidentally revealed earlier this month. And it appears that prosecutors are using Assange’s potential arrest as a bargaining chip, and arguing that the public has no right to know the detail until then.
We know that, as the founder of WikiLeaks, Assange has been a part of releasing a number of classified documents that have exposed atrocities committed by the United States government and military. We also know that the court filing mentioning the charges against Assange was submitted to this federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia, which is known for handling cases involving national security.
The Ecuadorean government actually granted Assange citizenship in late 2017. But the UK government refused to recognize Assange’s diplomatic credentials.
While Assange got along with the previous administration, he has clashed with the newly elected President Moreno, who took office in January 2018. Although the new administration agreed to uphold Assange’s asylum, they proceeded to cut his internet connection in March, and they have refused to allow him to have visitors.
Reports then began surfacing that claimed Assange was planning to flee to Russia. Even though no proof was presented, it still appears that both Ecuador and the UK are working together in a campaign to target Assange’s character publicly, in order to justify arresting him and taking him back the U.S.
It still remains to be seen whether Assange will be forced to be extradited to the United States, and because his internet was cut off, it has been months since we have seen or heard anything from the famous WikiLeaks founder.