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Filing indicates indictment was prepared for Julian Assange

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From NBC News

Filing indicates indictment was prepared for Julian Assange

A court document filed by mistake has revealed that the Justice Department is preparing to criminally charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

In a slip unearthed by a former U.S. intelligence official and posted on Twitter, Assange’s name appears twice in an August court filing by a federal prosecutor in Virginia — an argument to keep sealed an unrelated case involving an accused child sex criminal.

The prosecutor wrote that the charges and arrest warrant “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.”

At another point in the document, the prosecutor wrote that “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.”

COMMENT:-

It appears that the official position of the US government is that it has jurisdiction over the actions of people who are NOT American citizens, when those people are NOT in the United States of America, and where those actions are NOT illegal where they took place as long as those actions would be illegal if performed by an American citizen, in the United States of America, and were contrary to the laws of the United States of America.

PS - I wonder what those people who dismissed the prospect of the US government attempting to extradite Mr. Assange as being preposterous will say now.

Oh, I know - they'll say "That's DIFFERENT!!!".

PPS - Does anyone want to bet that this "slip" was actually unintentional?
 
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