An attorney inadvertently slipped up during recent proceedings and confirmed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s fears.
It turns out, there actually IS an arrest warrant for Assange in the United States.
In a filing in an unrelated case, an inadvertent slip from the Assistant U.S. Attorney revealed the existence of a sealed warrant for Assange’s arrest.
Kellen S. Dwyer, the Assistant U.S. Attorney trying the case, was encouraging a judge to keep the records sealed.
Dwyer wrote, “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.”
Dwyer wrote later in the filing that the charges “need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.”
Even though the information was inadvertently leaked out, the actual reason Assange’s name is on an arrest warrant was not revealed.
For years, people have said Assange was just being dramatic or paranoid when he said he would be arrested if he went to the U.S.
However, as it turns out, he was exactly right.
If he does happen to set foot on U.S. soil, he would wind up in cuffs.
Not only that, and as Assange has stated, if he walks out of the embassy in Ecuador where he is holed up, he would more than likely find himself in cuffs and eventually shipped off to the United States.
Once word of the warrant got out, pundits immediately started to speculate what the charges could be for.
Many have blamed Assange for contributing to Hillary Clinton’s defeat by releasing embarrassing emails from the Democratic Party in 2016.
It could also have something to do with WikiLeaks’ release of sensitive information about the U.S. military in 2010. The documents had been leaked to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning, who eventually went to prison for leaking classified documents.
With everything Assange is facing, it seems very unlikely he will leave that embassy anytime soon — that is unless Ecuador gets tired of him and boots him out.
The local government has actually hinted as much recently, as Assange has recently been described as “a stone in their shoe.”
Even so, we don’t anticipate them simply putting him out there without a way to avoid authorities and preserve his freedom.